Early morning voters brave long lines, chilly weather to vote in South Union Township

Herald Standard Report:

A South Union Township couple arrived at the polls early Tuesday to vote, and learned their ballots may not be counted.

Charles and Barbara McDonald signed in to vote at Laurel Highlands Middle School, and were told they were signed up for mail-in ballots. They neither requested nor received mail-in ballots, they said. They filled out provisional ballots and received a number to call after at least seven days, where they will give their voter ID and determine if their ballots were “counted, partially counted or not counted” and file a complaint if necessary.

“Now we have to wait a week to find out if our vote counted,” said Barbara McDonald. “It’s just ridiculous. If someone voted for us, we won’t know.”

The McDonalds came to the polls at 7:30 a.m. and waited for 1 1/2 hours to vote. They said a person from the election bureau was called to the polling place to instruct the poll workers on how to cast the provisional ballots.

Charles McDonald said problems like theirs will make voters question the entire electoral process and its legitimacy.

“What if it doesn’t count? I voted,” Barbara McDonald said.

“Every vote should count,” said Jeff Hulton, who left the polling place at about the same time as the McDonalds and waited for about 45 minutes to vote.

“I was expecting it to be longer,” he said of the line.

He said he had no problems voting.

Shortly after the polls opened at 7 a.m., the line stretched around the school building. Voters said they arrived before the polls opened in hopes of avoiding long lines. The backup dissipated about an hour later.

NOTICE OF 2020 GENERAL ELECTION

In accordance with the provisions of the Pennsylvania Election Code notice is hereby given to the electors of Fayette County that a General Election will be held in
said county on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 between the hours of 7 A.M. and 8 P.M. prevailing time in the districts therein. The following offices are to be elected at
said election in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in said county. The names of the candidates for election will appear on the ballot as follows:

President of the United States/Vice-President – Vote for One – (All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Joseph R. Biden
    Vice-President – Kamala D. Harris
  • Republican – Donald J. Trump
    Vice-President – Michael R. Pence
  • Libertarian – Jo Jorgensen
    Vice-President – Jeremy Spike Cohen

Attorney General — Vote for One – (All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Josh Shapiro
  • Republican – Heather Heidelbaugh
  • Libertarian – Daniel Wassmer
  • Green Party – Richard L. Weiss

Auditor General — Vote for One – (All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Nina Ahmad
  • Republican – Timothy DeFoor
  • Libertarian – Jennifer Moore
  • Green Party – Olivia Faison

State Treasurer — Vote for One – (All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Joe Torsella
  • Republican – Stacy L. Garrity
  • Libertarian – Joe Soloski
  • Green Party – Timothy Runkle

Representative in Congress – 14th Congressional District –Vote for One –

(All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Bill Marx
  • Republican – Guy Reschenthaler

Representative in The General Assembly — 49th Legislative District – Vote for One –

(Belle Vernon Borough, Fayette City Borough, Franklin Township, Jefferson Township, Newell Borough, Washington Township)

  • Democratic – Randy J. Barli
  • Republican – Bud Cook

Representative in The General Assembly — 50th Legislative District – Vote for One –

(Brownsville Borough, Brownsville Township, Luzerne Township, Masontown
Borough, Redstone Township)

  • Democratic – Pam Snyder
  • Republican – Larry Yost

Representative in The General Assembly — 51st Legislative District – Vote for One –

(Fairchance Borough, Georges Township, German Township, Henry Clay Township,
Markleysburg Borough, Nicholson Township, Ohiopyle Borough, Point Marion Borough, Smithfield Borough, South Union Township, Springfield Township,
Springhill Township, Stewart Township, Uniontown City, Wharton Twp)

  • Democratic – Kevin Jones
  • Republican – Matthew Dowling

Representative in The General Assembly — 52nd Legislative District – Vote for One –

(Bullskin Township, Connellsville City, Connellsville Township, Dawson Borough,
Dunbar Borough, Dunbar Township, Everson Borough, Lower Tyrone Township, Menallen Township, North Union Township, Perry Township, Perryopolis
Borough, Saltlick Township, South Connellsville Borough, Upper Tyrone Township, Vanderbilt Borough)

  • Democratic – Harry Young Cochran
  • Republican – Ryan Warner

POLLING PLACES INACCESSIBLE FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED

Elderly (65 and over) or handicapped voters assigned to inaccessible polling places can vote by Alternative Ballot. Application forms and information regarding

Alternative Ballots can be obtained at the Election Bureau. Applications for Alternative Ballots must be submitted to the Election Bureau no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. In case of an emergency, you can submit an Emergency Application for Alternative Ballot which must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Completed Alternative Ballots must be received by the Election Bureau no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

PUBLIC NOTICE

The County Board of Election will publicly commence the computation and canvassing of the returns of the votes cast at the General Election held Tuesday,
November 3, 2020 to begin at 9:00 a.m., prevailing time, Friday, November 6, 2020 and continue each day thereafter until all votes cast have been computed. The
Provisional Ballots cast will be examined on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 starting at 10:00 a.m. Both will be held at the Public Service Building, 22 East Main Street,
Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

POLLING PLACES (Polling places that are inaccessible to the elderly and handicapped, as per the Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, P.L. 98-435, are labeled inaccessible).

  • Belle Vernon Borough Belle Vernon Municipal Bldg & Fire Hall, Belle Vernon (temporary change)
  • Brownsville Township Brownsville Township Shed, Brownsville
  • Brownsville Borough, Ward 1 Southside Fire Station, Brownsville
  • Brownsville Borough, Ward 2 Northside Fire Station, Brownsville
  • Brownsville Borough, Ward 3 South Hills Terrace Community Room, Brownsville
  • Bullskin Township, District 1 Bullskin Township Elementary School, Connellsville
  • Bullskin Township, District 2 Wooddale Bible Brethren Church, Mount Pleasant
  • Bullskin Township, District 3 Bear Rocks Community Center, Acme
  • Connellsville City, Ward 1 Calvary Assembly of God, Connellsville
  • Connellsville City, Ward 2 Connellsville Senior Citizens Center, McCormick Avenue Entrance, Connellsville
  • Connellsville City, Ward 3 Greater Connellsville Community Center, Connellsville
  • Connellsville City, Ward 4 New Haven Hose Company Fire Station, Connellsville
  • Connellsville Township Connellsville Township VFD, Connellsville
  • Dawson Borough Dawson Borough Building, Dawson (inaccessible)
  • Dunbar Township, District 1 Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport, Terminal Building, Lemont Furnace
  • Dunbar Township, District 2 Connellsville Alliance Church, Connellsville
  • Dunbar Borough Dunbar Borough Fire Department Social Hall, Dunbar
  • Everson Borough Everson VFD Social Hall, Everson
  • Fairchance Borough Fairchance Borough Building, Fairchance
  • Fayette City Borough First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, Fayette City
  • Franklin Township, District 1 Franklin Elementary School, Vanderbilt
  • Franklin Township, District 2 Smock Community Recreation & Heritage Center, Smock
  • Georges Township, District 1 Haydentown Community Center, Smithfield
  • Georges Township, District 2 Fayette County Vocational-Technical School, Uniontown
  • Georges Township, District 3 D. Ferd Swaney Elementary School, Uniontown
  • German Township, District 1 McClellandtown Firemanʼs Social Hall, McClellandtown
  • German Township, District 2 German Township Municipal Building, McClellandtown
  • German Township, District 3 Footedale Fire Hall, New Salem
  • German Township, District 4 Adah Fire Hall, Adah
  • Henry Clay Township Mountain Fellowship Center, Markleysburg
  • Jefferson Township Jefferson Township Municipal Building, Perryopolis
  • Lower Tyrone Township Brownfield Community Center, Dawson
  • Luzerne Township, District 1 Luzerne Township Municipal Building, Brownsville
  • Luzerne Township, District 2 Hiller VFD, Hiller
  • Luzerne Township, District 3 Labelle Fire House, Labelle
  • Luzerne Township, District 4 Allison #2 Fire Hall, Allison
  • Markleysburg Borough Mayorʼs Office, Markleysburg (inaccessible)
  • Masontown Borough St. Francis of Assisi (Former All Saints School) Rear Entrance, Masontown
  • Menallen Township, District 1 Keisterville Community Center, Keisterville
  • Menallen Township, District 2 Menallen Elementary School, Uniontown
  • Menallen Township, District 3 First Christian Church of New Salem, Uniontown
  • Newell Borough Newell Borough Building, Newell
  • Nicholson Township Nicholson Township Building, Smithfield
  • North Union Township, District 1 R. W. Clark Elementary School, Uniontown
  • North Union Township, District 2 George C. Marshall Elementary School, Uniontown
  • North Union Township, District 3 Hopwood Free Methodist Church, Hopwood
  • North Union Township, District 4 VFW Post 8543, Uniontown
  • North Union Township, District 5 Valley Sportsman Club, Uniontown
  • Ohiopyle Borough Ohiopyle-Stewart Community Center, Ohiopyle
  • Perry Township Perry Township Municipal Building, Star Junction
  • Perryopolis Borough Perryopolis Borough Building, Perryopolis
  • Point Marion Borough Old Scout Hall, Point Marion
  • Redstone Township, District 1 Republic Township Municipal Building, Grindstone
  • Redstone Township, District 2 Redstone Township Recreation Center, Republic
  • Redstone Township, District 3 Colonial #3 Athletic Club Office, Rowes Run, Grindstone
  • Redstone Township, District 4 Fairbank Rod & Gun Club, Fairbank
  • Saltlick Township Saltlick Township Municipal Building, Melcroft
  • Smithfield Borough Smithfield Borough Building, Smithfield
  • South Connellsville Borough South Connellsville Borough Building, South Connellsville
  • South Union Township, District 1 Laurel Highlands Middle School, Uniontown
  • South Union Township, District 2 Hatfield Elementary School, Uniontown
  • South Union Township, District 3 Hutchinson Elementary School, Uniontown
  • Springfield Township, District 1 Normalville Fire Hall, Normalville
  • Springfield Township, District 2 Springfield Municipal Building & Fire Hall, Mill Run
  • Springhill Township Appalachian Community Center, Smithfield
  • Stewart Township Stewart Township Building, Ohiopyle
  • Uniontown City, Ward 1 Fayette County Community Action Administration Building, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 2 Uniontown City Hall Council Chambers, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 3 Lafayette Middle School, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 4 East End Community Center, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 5 Uniontown Area High School, Wilson Avenue Entrance, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 6 Mt. Vernon Towers Apartment Building, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 7 Benjamin Franklin Elementary-Middle School, Uniontown
  • Upper Tyrone Township Upper Tyrone Township Municipal Building, Connellsville
  • Vanderbilt Borough American Legion Home, Vanderbilt
  • Washington Township Washington Township Municipal Building, Belle Vernon
  • Wharton Township Wharton Township Municipal Building, Farmington

County Board of Elections
Dave Lohr
Vincent A. Vicites
Scott Dunn

Chief Clerk
Amy Revak

November 3, 2020 General Election Unofficial Candidate List

President of the United States/Vice-President – Vote for One– All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Joseph R. Biden
    Vice-President – Kamala D. Harris
  • Republican – Donald J. Trump
    Vice-President – Michael R. Pence
  • Libertarian – Jo Jorgensen
    Vice-President – Jeremy Spike Cohen

Attorney General — Vote for One– All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Josh Shapiro
  • Republican – Heather Heidelbaugh
  • Libertarian – Daniel Wassmer
  • Green Party – Richard L. Weiss

Auditor General — Vote for One — All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Nina Ahmad
  • Republican – Timothy DeFoor
  • Libertarian – Jennifer Moore
  • Green Party – Olivia Faison

State Treasurer — Vote for One — All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Joe Torsella
  • Republican – Stacy L. Garrity
  • Libertarian – Joe Soloski
  • Green Party – Timothy Runkle

Representative in Congress – 14th Congressional District —

Vote for One—All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Bill Marx
  • Republican – Guy Reschenthaler

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY –49th Legislative District

Vote for One–Belle Vernon Borough, Fayette City Borough, Franklin Township, Jefferson Township, Newell Borough, Washington Township

  • Democratic – Randy J. Barli
  • Republican – Bud Cook

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 50th Legislative District –

Vote for One –Brownsville Borough, Brownsville Township, Luzerne Township, Masontown Borough, Redstone Township

  • Democratic – Pam Snyder
  • Republican – Larry Yost

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 51st Legislative District –

Vote for One –Fairchance Borough, Georges Township, German Township, Henry Clay Township, Markleysburg Borough, Nicholson Township, Ohiopyle Borough, Point Marion Borough, Smithfield Borough, South Union Township, Springfield Township, Springhill Township, Stewart Township, Uniontown City, Wharton Twp

  • Democratic – Kevin Jones
  • Republican – Matthew Dowling

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 52nd Legislative District –

Vote for One –Bullskin Township, Connellsville City, Connellsville Township, Dawson Borough, Dunbar Borough, Dunbar Township, Everson Borough, Lower Tyrone Township, Menallen Township, North Union Township, Perry Township, Perryopolis Borough, Saltlick Township, South Connellsville Borough, Upper Tyrone Township,
Vanderbilt Borough

  • Democratic – Harry Young Cochran
  • Republican – Ryan Warner

Fayette County to begin mailing ballots in early October

Waiting for your mail-in ballot to come? Local county election offices expect to begin sending them out early this month.

Larry Blosser, director of Fayette County’s election bureau, said nearly 10,000 voters have requested mail-in ballots already.

“And they’re still climbing,” he said.

He noted the office has been receiving high numbers of calls from people who reapplied for mail-in ballots after the primary, but had already checked the box indicating they would like to vote by mail in future elections.

There is no need to re-register, he said, and their application may be denied because of that. He asked anyone who receives a duplicate ballot to disregard it.

Blosser said anyone who’s applied to vote by mail but does not receive a ballot by Oct. 9 should contact the election bureau at 724-430-1289.

Greene County has a similar timetable, said commission Chairman Mike Belding, who is also chairman of the election board. He said the elections office in Waynesburg scanned test ballots last week, and expected to send ballots out the first week of the month.

Blosser said Fayette officials expect to run test ballots this week to ensure there will be no issues processing filled out ballots once they are received.

Washington County, meanwhile, started sending ballots to the more than 25,000 who requested them on Friday. Elections Director Melanie Ostrander said she expects the number of requests to double by the Oct. 27 deadline to request a mail-in ballot.

Counties were permitted to begin printing ballots last month, after the Department of State certified them.

Mail-in ballots must be returned either via mail or in person to the county election office from which they were requested. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court extended the deadline for mail-in ballots postmarked by 8 p.m. on Election Day to arrive in elections offices. Republicans are appealing the new deadline of Friday, Nov. 6, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The deadline to make the request online at votespa.com or at the election office is Oct. 27. Voters who prefer to cast a ballot in person have two options to do so. Traditional polling places will be open from between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. Voters can also go to their county elections office, request a paper ballot and fill it out on the spot. State officials have recommended calling individual election bureaus to schedule a time to do so.