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Elections Director: Voter turnout better in Mercer County municipal primary

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MERCER COUNTY, Pa. -

Mercer County had one of its better voter turnouts for a municipal primary in recent years, according to the director of elections. Jeff Greenburg said that the unofficial voter turnout number Tuesday was 23.6 percent, which is better than the high teens that the county has had in the past. 

Two voting machines did have technical issues at two separate locations but Jeff Greenburg said that the glitches did not impact voting. He said that one machine at the Shenango Valley Senior Community Center in Hermitage was fixed within an hour and the other at Kennedy Catholic High School was repaired within two and a half hours. During that time, voters could use additional machines at each site.

Tuesday's unofficial results do not include absentee ballots. Greenburg said that more than 300 absentee ballots will be counted and added into the unofficial results on Friday. He said that some of these ballots are cancelled out because voters may send in the absentees and then end up going to the polls.

In the Republican race for Greenville mayor, Evan Hereford came out on top with 58 percent of the vote. No one ran as a Democrat but there were 95 write-in votes leaving the potential someone will become that party's candidate in the general election. 

Greenburg said that a write-in candidate needs at least 10 votes in this case because it is a borough. The person with the most write-in votes would win that nomination and have his or her name added to the general election ballot. The names of eligible write-in candidates will not be released until the official results are certified at the board's meeting on May 31.

In Grove City, the Republican nominee for mayor is the incumbent Randy Riddle by nearly 300 votes. Democrats did not have a nominee running in the race but it is also likely that there will be a write-in winner in this race, explained Greenburg. There were 151 write-in votes and at least 10 votes are needed for a winner.

It was a crowded field of Republican candidates for three open Hermitage City Commissioner spots. Former Mercer County Litigation Solicitor William McConnell Jr, former Mercer County Commissioner John Lechner and incumbent Rita Ferringer won the primary.

The winners will move on to the general election to face Democratic candidates Louis Squatrito Jr. and Michael Muha plus any independent or minor party candidates who still have time to file by August 1. In the Democratic race for commissioner, there were 86 write-in votes. One hundred votes for a single candidate are needed in cities for a write-in candidate to be eligible for the general election ballot, according to Greenburg. He said that there are still 37 Democratic absentee ballots.

In Sandy Lake Borough, the unofficial results show William Consiglio III as the winner of the Republican Mayor's race by five votes over Dan Hemminger. No one ran for the Democratic nomination but there were seven write-in votes counted. Ten votes for a single candidate would be needed for a write-in candidate in this case.

Complete unofficial election results from Mercer County may be found here.

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