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Primary Election Process Faced Many Challenges
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor

            It was an unprecedented primary election.  It began with the health emergency caused by the COVID-19  pandemic that caused a change in the voting processes.  Problems grew with the recent civil disturbances.

            The method and reason for casting a mail-in ballot along with a reduction in the number of polling locations created a challenge for voters and a surge of mail that inundated election boards as well as the United States Postal Service.  Errors in ballots sent to some Montgomery County voters didn't help.

            With the increasing possibility that some voters could end up being disenfranchised,  Governor Wolf extended the deadline to 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020 for county election offices in six counties, including Montgomery, to receive absentee or mail-in ballots by mail

            Final results for some area contests will come, at least, a week from now.  Add to that the usual amount of time it takes to verify and count write-in votes and it could be longer than that.

            According to a Wednesday morning news report, Montgomery County has about 105,000 mail-in ballots to count.

            There were a few contested races in the Town and Country readership area and all totals are preliminary and will most likely change after the final mail-in and write-in votes are counted.

            In the hotly contested race for the Democratic nomination of Auditor General of Pennsylvania Nilofer Nina Ahmad held off challenges from Harry Conklin, Michael Lamb, Tracie Fountain, Marie Davis, and Christina Hartman to face Republican Timothy Defoor, who ran unopposed, in November.

            For the Republican nomination for 1st Congressional District, incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick bested Andrew Meehan.

            In the Democratic race for the nomination for the 1st Congressional District, Christina Finello topped Skylar Hurwitz to face Fitzpatrick in November.

            In the race for the Republican nomination for State Representative in the 131st District, covering areas of Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton Counties, Milou Mackenzie topped challengers Nathan Brown, Joseph Ellenberger and Vicki Lightcap in all three counties and will face Democrat Kevin Branco in the November election.  Branco was unopposed in the primary.

            In the 147th District race covering parts of Montgomery County, Tracy Pennychuick bested Anna Marie Scannapieco to take the Republication nomination and will challenge Democrat Jill Dennin, who ran unopposed, in November.

            All totals are unofficial until certified by county election boards.





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