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Luzerne reimburses Carbon for special election expenses

Published September 13. 2013 05:01PM

The question of when Carbon County would be reimbursed for its part in a special election surfaced at an election board meeting Thursday.

By meeting's end, the check had, indeed, been in the mail. The $6,137 check was in the county's hands before noon.

The money repaid the county's costs incurred for holding a July 23 special election to seats on the Hazleton Area School District's board of directors after the Luzerne County election bureau failed to notify bordering counties, Carbon County and Schuylkill, that one school board candidate, Steven Hahn, had withdrawn from the primary race.

His name remained on the ballots in those Carbon and Schuylkill precincts that are included in the Hazleton district, and Hahn received hundreds of votes.

Another candidate, Carmella Yenkevich, successfully asked Luzerne County Court for a new primary election.

Voters in the Carbon County municipalities of Banks Township and Beaver Meadows cast ballots in the special election, as did voters in East Union, North Union, and Kline townships and McAdoo Borough in Schuylkill County.

Because the error was Luzerne County's fault, it had to reimburse carbon and Schuylkill for their expenses.

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