Tuesday, November 13, 2012
With almost all the votes counted the race for the 131st district in Lehigh County is only one vote apart, but over 400 apart in Northampton County.
For the rest of the Lehigh Valley, election season is over. In the 131st district, the race for the house seat rages on. The race, between incumbent Justin Simmons (R) and Kevin Deely (D) -- a high school English teacher in the Easton Area School District -- was too statistically close for election officials certify election night. Currently Simmons is ahead of Kevin Deely by only one vote in Lehigh County and 430 in Northampton County. In Lehigh County outstanding ballots include 60 provisional ballots, six emergency responders, and four ballots where voters didn't provide proper identification and still could. In Northampton County, outstanding ballots include 16 military ballots and 17 first responders. The poll workers and election …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Two polling places -- one each in Forks and Palmer townships -- caused major headaches for voters who had to wait for hours to vote.
We all have the right to vote on Election Day. But for some residents of Forks and Palmer townships, the right to cast that vote couldn't be exercised for some time. And some people got too frustrated to bother. At the Tracy Elementary School in Palmer Township and Faith Lutheran Church in Forks Township, voters had to wait at least two hours -- some even longer -- to vote for president and the other races, including the 137th Legislative District. Maureen Miller of Palmer Township said the lines at Tracy "were wrapped around the school all day long." Miller said she called the Board of Elections and there were many complaints. Miller said she also put a complaint into the Board of Voter Supression. "My husband tried to vote this morning …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The votes are in. See how Palmer and Forks township voted on Election Day and how it went at the polls.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
State Rep. Joe Emrick beats former Bangor Mayor Joe Capozzolo to retain his seat in the 137th legislative district.
Republican incumbent Joe Emrick will keep his 137th district state House seat after defeating Democratic challenger Joe Capozzolo Tuesday, according to unofficial results. With 85 percent of the precincts reporting, Emrick received 16,327 votes compared to 9,473 for Capozzolo, the former Bangor mayor and first-time candidate. All vote tallies are unofficial until certified by county election officials. "I feel great," Emrick said late Tuesday. "I'm deeply honored to serve the residents of the district for another term. I appreciate the opportunity to go back to Harrisburg and represent them for the next two years." Emrick won several precincts in Forks Township, all three in Nazareth and also won Tatamy with 342 votes to Capozzolo's 164. …
Turnout heavy in Forks and Palmer townships for presidential election on Election Day Tuesday.
The polls were packed Tuesday. Throughout precincts in Palmer and Forks townships, voters showed up in full force for Election Day, showing the importance of having their say in this presidential election. After two hours when the polls opened at 7 a.m., over 500 people had voted at the Forks Community Center in Forks Township. "It's been busy. We've had a steady stream of people," said Jeremy Hylton, judge of elections at the community center. The main issues, poll workers said, were people trying to figure out which polling place their address was located in and some registration problems regarding people moving or not being on the election rolls. Poll workers were asking people for photo identification even though it's not required this…
Palmer and Forks residents gathered at area polls to cast their votes in the presidential race Tuesday.
Election Day was not a disappointment as far as turnout in Palmer and Forks townships was concerned. Voters flooded the seven polling places in Palmer and three in Forks as crowds gathered as soon as the polls opened at 7 a.m. Even State Rep. Joe Emrick, running for re-election, was one of the first out, standing outside the Forks Community Center to greet voters. Emrick was re-elected. Do you have photos from the election. If so, upload them on our Pics and Clips.
A steady stream of voters flooded the Forks Township Community Center Tuesday.
The lines were long -- and started early -- at the Forks Township Community Center for Election Day. Voters got in line when polls opened at 7 a.m. and the crowds grew by 8 a.m. Turnout was similar at the two other polling places in Forks Township: Forks Elementary School and the First Lutheran Church on Sullivan Trail.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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…