Lycoming County Voter Services staff Friday began the official count of ballots cast in this year's primary election held Tuesday.
Overall, 10,297 out of 57,742 registered voters countywide came out to the polls, which equals a 17.8-percent turnout.
The official count should take until about the middle of next week, according to Sandy Adams, county director of voter services.
During the process, county Board of Elections workers match electronic voting machine records with paper reports.
Workers also must determine the validity of write-in votes. Some write-in candidates may have multiple variations of spellings, for instance.
According to unofficial results, there were about 5,000 write-in votes, due in part to contested seats for Williamsport Area School Board directors, Montoursville mayor, and supervisors in Loyalsock and Old Lycoming townships. Nearly 3,800 write-ins alone were cast for the school board race.
Results, which still are considered to be unofficial until certified, can be viewed at www.lyco.org and clicking on the primary election results link.