The importance of write-in votes, if applied intelligently, can become a major factor in nominating candidates as was shown in last week's primary election held in Schuylkill County.
The computing board, appointed by the county commissioners, completed its task Thursday in making the official count of the votes cast in the May 21 primary election. Write-in votes were unable to be counted election night because the electronic voting machines can count numbers but cannot read names.
There now is a five day appeal period before the votes become official, Election Director Frannie Brennan announced.
Christian Morrison (D) captured both nominations for mayor in Tamaqua; Pamela J. McCullough (R) in Tamaqua; Catherine Papesh (D) in Coaldale, Mary T. Peca, (D) in Ryan Township, and Dolores Walck (R) in Rush Township, all captured both nominations for tax collector with the help of write-in votes; and Franklin Fetter (R), in Rush Township; Thomas Strause (R) in East Brunswick Township; and Ted Bogosh (R) in West Penn Township, all captured both nominations for supervisor and they will have no opposition on the ballot in the November 5 General Election.
Coaldale Borough, Catherine M Papesh, who was a Democrat candidate for the four year tax collector seat, received the Democratic Party's nomination with 103 ballot votes and won the Republican nomination with 27 write-in votes. The Republicans had no candidate on the ballot.
Under the election code to win a nomination by a write-in vote for borough offices, the minimum of 10 votes are needed to get their name on the ballot for the general election.
Blythe Township, James Zembas, who was the Democratic candidate for a six year term as supervisor, won the Democratic nomination with 78 ballot votes and captured the Republican nomination with 16 write-in votes. Joann Kauffman won the Republican nomination for inspector of election on the township's polling staff as she received six write-in votes. Under the code five write-in votes is the minimum needed for an inspector of election seat.
East Brunswick Township, Thomas Strause, who received 128 ballot votes to capture the Republican nomination for a six year supervisor term also won the Democratic nomination with 17 write-in votes. The township failed to elect a tax collector and three auditors or for a judge of election and two inspectors of election for their polling place.
New Philadelphia Borough, two council seats were filled by write-in votes. With four to be nominated, Christine Carey received 100 votes and Dennis A. Faust 75 votes to win the Democratic nomination and Frank Evans received 40 write-in votes and Emily Boldt 26 write-in votes to capture the remaining two Democratic council seats. There were four to be nominated.
The Republicans had no candidate but Frank Evans captured the Republic nomination with 15 write-in votes. New Ringgold Borough, no candidate on either the Democratic or Republican ballot was listed for tax collector.
John Williams received 11 Republican write-in votes and will have his name on the ballot in November.
Rush Township, Dolores Walck, who received 371 ballot votes on the Republican ballot for tax collector captured the Democratic nomination with 12 write-in votes. Shawn Gilbert, who won the Republican nomination for a six year supervisor term, also captured the Democratic nomination with 58 write-in votes. Amy Warner won the Republican nomination for judge of election for the East District polling place with 12 write-in votes.
Ryan Township, Franklin R. Fetter, who won the Republican nomination for a six year supervisor term with 181 ballot votes also captured the Democratic nomination with 32 write-in votes. Mary T. Peca, who won the Democratic nomination for tax collector with 129 ballot votes also captured the Republican nomination with 36 write-in votes.
Tamaqua Borough, Christian P. Morrison, who won the Democratic nomination for mayor with 228 ballot votes also captured the Republican nomination with 136 write-in votes. Pamela J. McCullion, who won the Republican nomination for tax collector with 292 votes also captured the Democratic nomination with 73 write-in votes.
There were no listed Democratic candidates for council with three qualifying for the November election on writein votes. Justin Startzel, who lost out on the Republican ballot for a four year term, won the Democratic nomination for a four year term with 62 write-in votes and a two year term with 25 write-in votes. John Trudich Jr., who won the Republican nomination for a four year term with 364 ballot votes, captured the Democratic nomination with 44 write-in votes and Micah Gursky, who also won the Republican nomination for a four year term with 356 ballot votes received 36 write-in votes to win the Democratic nomination.
Annette Nowacki won the Republican nomination for inspector of election for the Fourth Precinct polling place with five write-in votes, the minimum needed. No judge of election or a second inspector of election was nominated for the Fourth Precinct.
West Penn Township, Ted Bogosh, who won the Republican nomination for a six year supervisor term also captured the Democratic nomination with 28 write-in votes. Ruth Ann Wehr won the Republican nomination for Inspector of Election in the Third Precinct with 11 write-in votes. No one was nominated as judge of election or the second inspector of election seat in the Third Precinct.