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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • 66 percent cast vote in Wayne County

  • With the 2012 election entered into the history books, Chairman of the Wayne County Election Board, Wendell Kay, said that overall he "was pleased with the 66 percent" turnout, even though that was less than the 72 percent turnout four years ago
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  • - With the 2012 election entered into the history books, Chairman of the Wayne County Election Board, Wendell Kay, said that overall he "was pleased with the 66 percent" turnout, even though that was less than the 72 percent turnout four years ago.
    There were some complaints received at the polls, mostly regarding whether or not a voter was required to show identification to vote.
    "There was some confusion in the minds of the general public," he said. While poll workers were required to ask if a voter had identification, you did not need to show it to vote.
    Overall, everything "ran smoothly" at the polls Tuesday in the county with workers staying "until about 3 a.m."
    The state of Pennsylvania went blue around 8 p.m. Tuesday night and with it awarded president Barack Obama the coveted electoral votes.
    In the state, Obama received 51.9 percent of votes while Governor Mitt Romney 46.8 percent of the vote.
    In the senate race, incumbent Bob Casey (D-PA) took 53.6 percent of votes, defeating challenger Tom Smith (R-PA).
    In Wayne County, the GOP came in strong across the ballot. Residents voted 59.8 percent for Romney and 38.8 percent for Obama, with 100 percent reporting. Voter turnout for the election in the county was 66 percent.
    Out of 32,577 registered voters in the county, 21,418 exercised their right.
    Of those who voted, 12,531 voted for Romney and 8,138 voted for Obama. There were 112 votes cast for Green party candidate Jill Stein and 185 votes for Libertarian Gary Johnson.
    The senate race in the county had 56 percent of votes go to Smith, 40 percent of votes to incumbent Casey and 1 percent of votes awarded to Libertarian Rayburn Smith (Lib).
    The majority of voters, 49 percent, in the Attorney General race voted for David Freed (R). Kathleen Kane (D) received 46 percent of votes and Libertarian Marakay Rogers received 1 percent of the vote.
    In the race for the house, incumbent Tom Marino (R) took 65.9 percent of votes throughout the 10th district with challenger Phil Scollo taking 34.1 percent of the vote. This outcome is consistent with local results, which show Marino earning 63 percent of the county vote.
    Page 2 of 2 - The results of other elections are as follows:
    State Treasurer:
    Robert McCord (D) defeated Diana Vaughan (R) and Patricia Fryman (Lib)
    Congress-10th District: Tom Marino (R) defeated Phil Scollo (D)
    Gen. Assembly, 111th Legislative District: Sandra Major(R) defeated Jeffrey Dahlander (D)
    115th District: Theresa Kane (R) defeated Frank Farina (D)
    139th District: Michael Peifer(R) unopposed
    Auditor Gen.: Eugene DePasquale (D) defeated John Maher (R) and Betsy Summers (Lib)
    US Senate: Bob Casey (D) defeated Tom Smith (R) and Rayburn Smith (Lib)
    Attorney General: Kathleen Kane (D) defeated David Freed (R) and Marakay Rogers (Lib)

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