JONES APPEARS TO WIN NOMINATION

THE COUNTING OF WRITE-IN BALLOTS IN THE PENNSYLVANIA 51ST LEGISLATIVE DISTRCT PRIMARY ELECTION HAS BEEN COMPLETED IN FAYETTE COUNTY, AND KEVIN JONES APPEARS TO BE THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE IN NOVEMBER, CAPTURING A TOTAL OF 728 VOTES IN FAYETTE COUNTY.

INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MATT DOWLING, WHO STAGED A WRITE-IN CAMPAIGN TO BE THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE AS WELL, RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 549 VOTES.

THERE WERE 150 WRITE IN VOTES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN COUNTED IN SOMERSET COUNTY, THOSE NUMBERS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE BY MONDAY, JUNE 15TH, BUT EVEN IF DOWLING RECEIVED ALL 150 VOTES HE WOULD STILL BE TRAILING THE VOTE TOTAL THAT JONES ACCUMULATED IN FAYETTE COUNTY.

THE GENERAL ELECTION IS NOVEMBER 3.

Auditor General

Democratic

  1. LAMB, MICHAEL E . 228,025 / 33.65
  2. AHMAD, NILOFER NINA 193,188 / 28.51
  3. HARTMAN, CHRISTINA M 85,370 / 12.60
  4. CONKLIN, HARRY SCOTT / 65.871 / 9.72
  5. FOUNTAIN, TRACIE LYNNE / 57,156 / 8.43%
  6. DAVIS, ROSE MARIE / 48, 107 / 7.10

Republican

DEFOOR, TIMOTHY L 697,191

Delegate to Republican National Convention

List in order by HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES (Projective Winners in Bold)

  • RESCHENTHALER, GUY / 34,805 / 29.24%
  • AVOLIO, SCOTT / 14,338/ 12.05%
  • TENNENT, ROSE SOMMA / 13.270 / 11.15%
  • VENTRE, JOHN / 12,694 / 10.67%
  • DAY, SCOTT R / 12,305 / 10.34%
  • MARIETTA, JON ROBERT JR / 8.670 / 7.28%
  • DEJEET, SUSANNA N. / 7,210 / 6.06%
  • URAM, THOMAS JOSEPH / 6,206 / 5.21%
  • PRICE, DARYL WILLIAM / 5,442 / 4.57%
  • SIVAVEC, ERIC J / 4.082 / 3.43%

Delegate to Democratic National Convention

In order of Votes (Bold Signifies Potential WINNER)

  • BOERIO, BIBIANA /25,610/19.98%
  • SESEK, CHRISTIAN ELIJAH / 25,566 / 19.95%
  • REGOTTI, NATHAN W / 22,797 / 17.79%
  • FOLEY, JANICE W / 13,152 / 10.26%
  • KONOPISOS , CASEY LYNN / 11,207 / 8.74%
  • CORDARO, MICHAEL GUY / 10.959 / 8.55%
  • MASON, ROBERT A / 10,20 / 7.96%
  • CAMPBELL, BRAYDEN ELLSWORTH / 8,667 / 6.76%

Torsella, Garrity secure party nods for State Treasurer

Barring any successful write-in campaigns, the treasures race for the state of Pennsylvania is uncontested meaning that Joe torsella and Stacy garrity have secured their nominations for the Democratic and Republican party respectively.

Gov. Wolf Signs COVID-19 Response Bills to Bolster Health Care System, Workers, and Education and Reschedule the Primary Election

Governor Tom Wolf signed four bills today to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Pennsylvania that bolster the health care system, benefit workers and schools, and reschedule the 2020 primary election for June 2.

The governor signed House Bill 1232, which provides $50 million for the Wolf administration to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing facilities and emergency medical services to meet the urgent needs by patients and staff.

“This funding will allow Pennsylvania to get more beds, ventilators, and other personal protective equipment that our health care system needs for a surge in patients,” said Governor Wolf. “The state and our health care system are mobilizing as fast as possible to provide medical workers with the equipment they need to care for patients.”

The governor also signed, Senate Bill 751, which waives the requirement for schools to be in session at least 180 days, provides for continuity of education plans, ensures school employees are paid during the closure, and provides the Secretary of Education with authority to waive student teacher and standardized assessments. The Department of Education previously announced the cancellation of all PSSA testing, Keystone exams and the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment for the 2019-20 school year.

The governor signed Senate Bill 422, which reschedules the 2020 primary election from April 28 to June 2. and makes other election process changes, including some due to the COVID-19 emergency. The bill provides process improvements to Act 77 of 2019, to allow counties to begin processing and tabulating mail ballots beginning at 7 a.m. on election day, rather than after the polls close at 8 p.m. Additionally, the measure allows counties to temporarily consolidate polling places without court approval and eases other rules regarding location and staffing of polling places for the primary to respond to county concerns about a potential shortage of poll workers and appropriate polling place locations.

“Delaying this year’s primary election as several other states have done is in the best interests of voters, poll workers and county election officials,” said Governor Wolf. “I commend the General Assembly for acting quickly on this critical legislation. The Department of State will continue to work with local election officials to ensure Pennsylvania has a fair and accessible election.”

The governor reminded voters of the new option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to a polling place on election day. Already more than 215,000 registered voters have signed up for either a mail-in or absentee ballot, with nearly 78 percent using the commonwealth’s new online application. Those voters do not need to file new applications despite the change in primary date.

The governor also signed House Bill 68, which makes applying for unemployment compensation easier for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill requires the Department of Labor & Industry to waive the one week waiting period and job search and work registration requirements for claimants under the disaster emergency, provides automatic relief from benefit charges for employers whose account would otherwise be charged during the disaster emergency, increases timeframes and allows for interest-free payment plans, and provides the secretary with the ability to adopt temporary regulations to ensure compliance with federal law.

The governor signed House Bill 1578 which makes technical changes to the disclosure of fees in declarations and in public offering statements of planned communities, cooperatives, and condominiums and to permit corrective amendments to the bylaws of planned communities, cooperatives, and condominiums by utilizing the current procedure used to make corrective amendments to declarations.

The governor vetoed House Bill 1100.

Visit the commonwealth’s Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

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Fayette Welcomes New Voting System

Uniontown, PA – For the next three months, Fayette County Election Bureau officials will be hard at work preparing for their first Election Day with the county’s new voting system.

Representatives from the Denver, Colo.-based Dominion Voting Systems met with election employees and Fayette County commissioners Wednesday afternoon to kick off the county’s latest venture.

Founded in 2002 in Toronto, Canada, Dominion Voting Systems sells electronic voting hardware and software, including voting machines and tabulators, to municipalities and other organizations across North America. As of September 2019, Dominion voting machines are used in more than 2,000 jurisdictions in 33 states and Puerto Rico.

Last year, commissioners voted to replace the county’s existing voting systems with Dominion, following issues with what Election Bureau Director Larry Blosser called “overvoting.”

“Some cross-filed candidates would appear on the ballot twice, leading to more votes than were possible,” Blosser said. “Some voters could take the time to correct the ballots, but others wouldn’t worry about the alert and left them as is, which created a problem for us on the back end.”

The county previously used Hart Intercivic voting systems for 13 years, and Blosser said he hopes Fayette will receive a “better quality of service” from Dominion. DREs, or direct-recording electronic voting machines, will also be replaced.

“The voters should realize that this is a paper-based system with paper ballots, which will eliminate those problems we saw in the past,” he said. “Moving forward, we’ll only have one DRE voting system at each precinct for people with disabilities.”

Dominion Senior Manager Jason Frank said parts of the new system will be delivered next week, and the outdated hardware will be put through the state’s official decommissioning process.

“You’ll receive a certificate of destruction, and they’ll recycle most of the plastic and other parts they can salvage,” Frank said. “There’s a whole process, so nothing ends up in a landfill and all the data will be destroyed.”

Frank will work with Pennsylvania’s Customer Relations Manager Frank Dutton, who will serve as Fayette County’s project manager, to implement the new system and teach election officials how to use it.

“You all know what kinds of problems you’ve had in previous elections, and those should be eliminated. We’re going to work with you on something we call ‘train the trainer,’” Frank told meeting attendees. “We teach you guys how to do everything so you can then go and teach all your poll workers.”

Part of that training will include working with example ballots in a mock election, which election bureau employees will build from the ground up.

“We’re super excited to be able to come down here and work with you guys,” Frank said. “I’m really looking forward to demonstrating how everything works and getting hands-on. We’re excited to show you what we’re made of.”

Blosser said the county is on a strict deadline to have the new system in place, as Pennsylvania’s Presidential Primary Election is April 28.

“We’ve got a big job to do and it’s complicated,” Blosser said. “I hope the voters will be patient with us while we work out the bugs in the system so we can offer them something better than we had before.”

For more information on Dominion Voting Systems, visit http://www.dominionvoting.com. For more information on the Fayette County Election Bureau, visit http://www.fayettecountypa.org/230/Election-Bureau.

To learn more about Fayette County, visit http://www.FayetteCountyPA.org.