As expected, voter turnout light for special election
As anticipated the voter turnout for the special election of candidates for the Hazleton School Board, which was held in Schuylkill and Carbon counties yesterday, was not as great as the turnout was in the Primary Election held last May 21.
The total number of votes cast in Schuylkill County on the Republican ballot in the special election was 953, and 733 Democratic tallies. The candidates for school boards can cross file.
These votes, along with votes cast in Carbon County, are to be added to the votes cast in Luzerne County to determine the outcome. There was no election in Luzerne County because the mix-up occurred in Schuylkill and Carbon counties.
The Luzerne County Court ordered a re-election in the two counties after it was determined that a candidate that had withdrawn from the race was still on the ballot in the two counties. The error was caused by the Luzerne County election board, which failed to notify the other two counties that Steven Hahn withdrew as a candidate. He amassed about 500 votes.
Only the voters who voted for the school directors in the Primary Election were eligible to vote in the special election. There was concern expressed by some county officials of the Luzerne Count courts restrictions as some thought all registered voters in the five precincts should have been given the opportunity to vote in the special election.
The Schuylkill County results from the special election were as follows:
Republican ballot Carmella Yenkevich, 174 votes; Jared M. O'Donnell, 160; Clarence John, 157; James G. Chapman, 152; Bob Mehalick, 141; Thomas J. Chirico, 79; Frederick Mariano, 78. There were 12 write-ins.
Democratic ballot Yenkevich, 134; John, 130; Chapman, 130; Mehalick, 119; O'Donnell, 97; Chirico, 66; Mariano, 45. There were 12 write-ins.
The official count will be made by a computing board which will sit Friday in the election bureau in Pottsville.
The voting by precincts were as follows:
East Union Township Republican, Yenkevich, 13; John, 17; Chirico, 15; Chapman, 14; Mehalick, 24; O'Donnell, 22; and Mariano, 12; and there were two write-ins. Democratic Chirico, 5; O'Donnell, 12; Mehalick, 23; Chapman, 17; Mariano, 9; John, 24; and Yenkevich, 12; and there were seven write-ins.
Kline Township Republican, Yenkevich, 60; John, 56; Chirico, 26; Chapman, 68; Mehalick, 38; O'Donnell, 43; and Mariano, 29; and there were two write-ins. Democratic Chirico, 10; O'Donnell, 24; Mehalick, 27; Chapman, 31; Mariano, 6; John, 26; and Yenkevich, 56; and there were three write-ins.
North Union Township Republican, Yenkevich, 26; John, 31; Chirico, 15; Chapman, 21; Mehalick, 34; O'Donnell, 37; and Mariano, 19; and there were four write-ins. Democratic, Chirico, 6; O'Donnell, 2; Mehalick, 8; Chapman, 7; Mariano, 3; John, 8; and Yenkevich; and there were no write-ins.
McAdoo Borough, first precinct, Republican, Yenkevich, 33; John, 31; Chirico, 11; Chapman, 25; Mehalick, 27; O'Donnell, 34; and Mariano; 10 and there were four write-ins. Democratic, Chirico, 25; O'Donnell, 33; Mehalick, 37; Chapman, 40; Mariano, 10; John, 38; and Yenkevich, 31; and there was one write-in.
McAdoo Borough, second precinct, Republican, Yenkevich, 42; John, 22; Chirico, 12 Chapman, 24; Mehalick, 18; O'Donnell, 24; and Mariano, 8; and there were no write-ins; Democratic, Chirico, 20; O'Donnell, 26; Mehalick, 24; Chapman, 35; Mariano, 17; John, 34; and Yenkevich 32; and there was one write-in.
The four winning candidates nominated in each ballot will now run in the Municipal General Election in November.
Hazleton Area School District comprises of all of Luzerne County, five precincts in the northeastern corridor of Schuylkill County and two precincts in Carbon County.