Special drawing picks candidates

It was a high noon drawing Friday at the Lycoming County Voter Services offices for candidates for public office who tied in write-in votes during the primary election on May 21.

A special drawing was held for three races which ended up in ties. Candidates who selected the lowest number between 100 and 200 received the nomination, according to Sandy Adams, county director of voter services.

The Jersey Shore Borough mayor’s race saw incumbent Dennis Buttorff and challenger Dennis Thompson tied at 23 write-in votes on the Democratic ticket.

Buttorff picked the low number, earning the bid on that ballot. Although each candidate is registered as Republican, they both received Democratic write-in votes. The candidate with the most write-ins in that party – in this case, Buttorff – earns the Democratic nomination. Buttorff already secured the Republican nomination.

In the Williamsport Area School Board director race, Carolyn Erickson and Chester Peterman tied at 116 write-in votes on the Republican ticket. Although he was not present for the drawing, Peterman received the low number to earn a spot on the ballot.

In Jackson Township, Stephen C. Marshall and Stuart E. Hopkins tied with 30 votes on the Republican ticket for a six-year supervisor seat. Hopkins, who was not present for the drawing, received the low number to get on the ballot.

Adams said the special drawing shows the importance that one vote can make.

“If one more voter came out in these areas, we wouldn’t have had these drawings,” she said.

She added that the special drawings to determine write-in winners don’t happen that often.

“That’s a lot for us,” Adams said of the three drawings. “We’ve never had this much.”