Petitions filed for recount of votes in DA contest
Petitions were filed in Schuylkill County court on Monday to recount the votes for the office of district attorney and mayor of Mahanoy City.
Attorney Christine A Holman, Republican, defeated Incumbent District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon, Democrat, by 73 votes, according to the official recount released. Holman received 15,265 votes and Noon 15,192. In Mahanoy City Incumbent Mayor Nancy A. Petritsch, Democrat, defeated Dennis Wiessner, Republican, by three votes. She received 475 votes and Wiessner 472.
The petition to recount for district attorney is requesting a recount of the absentee ballots alleging the board of elections failed to properly count these ballots. The petition states the voting at the Municipal General Election last Nov. 5 was done by means of a Diebold electronic voting machine and paper ballots for absentee voters, which are then scanned through an Accuvote 2000 optical scanner/reader.
The petition states the margin of error is less than one-half of 1 percent of the total county vote for the office of district attorney, which is within the margin which would trigger an automatic recount.
Upon information which the petitioners, Brian Tobin, Tim Seip, and Jennifer Laughlin, believe that an error in counting absentee ballots occurred although not manifest upon the general election return of the votes committed in the computation of the votes cast for district attorney.
The petitioners claim there appeared to be a computer glitch during the counting of the absentee ballots because one of the optical scanner machines would not read some of the absentee ballots, and are asking the county court to order a recount and re-canvass of the countywide absentee vote for the office of district attorney.
The petitioners posted a cash deposit of $6,250 with the filing of the petition in the office of prothonotary.
Wiessner, in his petition, is requesting to re-canvass the voting machines of the borough claiming he believes fraud and error occurred in the canvassing of the votes cast on the machines used in the calculation of votes for the 2013 election.
Last week a petition was filed for a recount for the office of supervisor in Schuylkill Township. Charles J. Fayash, Republican, won over Linda A. DeCindio, Democrat, by one vote. Fayash received 188 votes and DeCindio 187.
The court will set a date for the recounts.