A Bethlehem councilman said the judge of elections in Ward Five at St. John's Windish Lutheran Church did not follow proper procedures for voters who aren't on the rolls.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Election Day brought problems at polls in several areas of eastern Pennsylvania.
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It was clear early on in the evening that Charlie Dent and Ryan Mackenzie would win but the celebration party was dampened by disappointing presidential returns.
The celebration party for Republicans Charlie Dent and Ryan Mackenzie at the Holiday Inn in Fogelsville was packed with supporters who were happy for their candidates but hesitant to celebrate as returns rolled in for the presidential election Speaking before the election was called for Democrat Barack Obama, Dent said, "No matter what happens tonight, we are going to have to get spending under control. "If we get this right we can have bright days ahead and I think we can get it right," Dent said. "If we get it wrong then we have a future of debt, doubt and despair - take a good look at Europe, that will be us."
Voters say Republican incumbent Marcia Hahn should keep her 138th House seat in Harrisburg.
Republican incumbent Marcia Hahn will keep her 138th house district seat after defeating Democratic challenger Leslie Altieri on Tuesday, according to unofficial results. With 34 of 35 precincts reporting, Hahn received 19,797 votes compared to 11,595 for Altieri, a first-time candidate. All vote tallies are unofficial until certified by county election officials. "It was a great turnout today, and I really appreciate all the people who came out to support me," said an admittedly tired Hahn. "And I want to thank Leslie for running a clean campaign." Hahn has served in the House since she won a special election in 2010 to fill the unexpired term of former state Rep. Craig Dally, who became a Northampton County judge. Hahn was Dally's …
Bethlehem incumbent wins eighth term in state House, besting challenger Barreto by 2-1 margin.
State Rep. Steve Samuelson coasted to victory, easily defeating Kenneth Barreto to secure his eighth term in the Pennsylvania House. With 28 of 33 precincts reporting, Democrat Samuelson held a nearly 9,000-vote edge over his Republican challenger. Samuelson held a better than 2-1 edge in votes with 85 percent of the precincts reporting. It was a pretty subdued campaign that lacked much in the way of advertising or social media buzz. The two men met in a 15-minute candidates forum at PBS39 on Oct. 11. They appeared to agree about much, including closing the Delaware loophole for companies that do most of their business in Pennsylvania but locate in the neighboring state to avoid corporate income taxes. Samuelson decried reductions in the…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Early returns have Dent leading challenger Rick Daugherty by 30,000 votes.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent has won his fifth term in Congress in Pennsylvania’s 15th District, easily defeating Democratic challenger Rick Daugherty. WFMZ is reporting that Dent had a better than 30,000-vote lead over Daugherty with 59 percent of the precincts reporting in the district, which covers all of Lehigh County and portions of Northampton and Berks counties. Both candidates campaigned around their vision of the best way to create jobs. Daugherty, the executive director of the Lehigh County Senior Center, said that the American jobs market is tied to its trade policy and that the United States needs to end relationships with rule-breaking countries or enforce tariffs to restore manufacturing jobs. Dent criticized Daugherty’s “…
Workers from Michigan, and Dauphin/Bedford counties request provisional ballots in Northampton County.
Although power was back on in much of Northampton County Tuesday, Hurricane Sandy still managed to affect Election Day. Poll workers found themselves dealing with out-of-state and out-of-county utility workers -- in the area helping restore electricity -- who wanted to get provisional ballots so they could cast their votes. "We had guys from Michigan going from polling place to polling place, trying to get someone to let them vote," said Dee Rumsey, the county's registrar. But the county isn't able to give ballots to people who aren't registered here, Rumsey said. Election workers encountered a similar problem with voters from parts of New Jersey that still have no electricity who crossed the river with the -- mistaken -- impression that …
Election Day brought problems at polls in several areas of eastern Pennsylvania
EASTERN PA — Several reports of voting irregularities in Eastern Pennsylvania emerged on Tuesday, the day of the presidential election. In Easton, signs appeared offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to voter fraud convictions. A constable for Easton’s 10th ward removed one such sign staked into the ground after consulting with an elections attorney on site. The Pennsylvania Commercial Action Network, the same group that posted “Replace ObamaCare” billboards around the state, made the signs. ID Requests Many Easton voters also reported poll workers asking for their IDs, even though IDs are not required for this election cycle under the law. Matthew Keeler, press secretary for the PA Department of State, said that's part of the …
Advocacy group offers $1,000 reward for voter fraud tips. Critics call it a form of intimidation.
Follow our Lehigh Valley Live Election blog. EASTON - Signs offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to voter fraud convictions have popped up around Easton. At the South Side Senior Center, Mark Willis -- constable for the 10th ward -- thought they were inappropriate. After consulting with the elections attorney on site, Willis yanked it out of the ground. "It's something that might be intimidating or considered intimidating, to dissaude voters from coming in and placing their votes," Willis said. The signs -- which were also spotted at the Easton Area Neighborhood Center -- were made up by a group called Pennsylvania Commercial Action Network. PACAN, which describes itself as a non-profit and non-partisan business advocacy group…