Primary snafu prompts new balloting in Hazleton Area School Board race

Last updated: July 22. 2013 11:50PM - 2584 Views

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WILKES-BARRE — A special election will be held in Carbon and Schuylkill counties todayto select candidates for the Hazleton Area School Board race.

The special election was ordered by county judges after Luzerne County failed to notify two neighboring counties that Steven Hahn had withdrawn from the race. Hahn’s name was erroneously included on the ballots in Carbon and Schuylkill counties and he received votes.

The election will be held in two polling places in Carbon County and five in Schuylkill County from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Chief County Solicitor David Pedri said Monday everything is in place for the election to begin, including election machines and election workers.

Pedri said he does not yet know how much the special election will cost Luzerne County, which is footing the bill.

“We want to have this election done fairly, and Carbon and Schuylkill counties have been great to work with,” he said.

Election results will be posted to each county’s website at the conclusion of the election. Votes will then be added to Luzerne County totals on Friday after they have been certified to determine who has secured nominations in the race.

Only those who voted in the May primary are permitted to cast ballots today.

The new election came after a request by attorney Bill Vinsko who filed a petition in June on behalf of candidate Carmella Yenkevich and 24 others, asking for a new election. A hearing was later held, and two Luzerne County judges ruled a new, special election was warranted.

Some candidates, including Yenkevich, have been campaigning again door to door, but this time only to those voters who cast ballots.

Seven candidates are vying for four open seats on the school board. They are Yenkevich, Jared O’Donnell, Clarence John, Fred Mariano, Thomas Chirico, James Chapman and Robert Mehalick.

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