Ab­sen­tee bal­lots don’t change elec­tions

Cecil Whig - - REGIONAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— Ce­cil County Elec­tion Of­fice staff tab­u­lated a to­tal of 530 ab­sen­tee bal­lots on Thurs­day dur­ing the first round of count­ing.

Bobi Jo Wil­son, data ap­pli­ca­tion spe­cial­ist in the elec­tion of­fice, said the count be­gan at 10 a.m. and ended about 2 p.m.

“We didn’t get any calls or vis­its from any of the can­di­dates to­day check­ing on re­sults,” she

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said. “The ab­sen­tee re­sults didn’t change any of the out­comes in any of the lo­cal races.”

In Tues­day’s pri­mary elec­tion, County Coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Alan McCarthy topped a field of four com­pet­ing for the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for county ex­ec­u­tive. He will face Demo­crat Wayne Tome, cur­rently the mayor of Port De­posit, in Novem­ber’s gen­eral elec­tion.

Repub­li­cans Bob Mef­fley and Jackie Gregory won the District 1 and District 5 coun­cil race prima- ries, re­spec­tively. Be­cause there are no Democrats in the run­ning, both are the de facto win­ners in Novem­ber.

In the race for school board, both Erin Do­or­dan and Jim Fazz­ino will move on to the Novem­ber bal­lot, where they will square off against each other in the non-par­ti­san race.

On Wed­nes­day, the elec­tion of­fice will count 300 or so pro­vi­sional bal­lots, and the fi­nal round of ab­sen­tee bal­lots will be counted May 6.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CCLT

Cy­clists at last year’s Cy­cle for Ce­cil event leave the Fair Hill Fair­grounds to be­gin a leisurely ride in a fundraiser for Ce­cil County Land Trust.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

Newly-elected Repub­li­can county ex­ec­u­tive nom­i­nee Alan McCarthy points at a screen show­ing his lead in Tues­day night’s pri­mary.

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