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NEW CASTLE County election bureau is still doing recounts



Published: Tue, February 5, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Only 54 votes separate the two candidates.

By LAURE CIOFFI

VINDICATOR NEW CASTLE BUREAU

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Most people have long forgotten the November election, but Pat Angiolelli is still fighting for votes.

The Lawrence County Election Bureau goes back to work Wednesday to look over ballots for errors in tabulation from two Union Township precincts.

Angiolelli waged a write-in campaign against supervisor incumbent Kevin Guinaugh in the general election and apparently lost by about 101 votes.

Angiolelli says he wasn't ready to give up.

The Union Township man petitioned Lawrence County Common Pleas Court last month to recount Precincts 1 and 2 in the township and came out with an extra 54 votes.

His opponent picked up six votes in the recount.

Those votes included ones that only had Angiolelli's first or last name, something the county election bureau didn't count on its first tally of the votes, said director Marlene Gabriel.

Angiolelli goes into Wednesday's recount 54 votes behind supervisor Kevin Guinaugh, saying there are still 34 votes from Precincts 1 and 2 that are being disputed in court.

Unofficial election results that include those extra votes from last month's recount give Guinaugh 893 votes and Angiolelli 840 votes.

Angiolelli said that, win or lose, the effort has been worthwhile.

"Are we trying to win? Yeah we want to do that. But [the recount] is more to show the people of this county and Union Township that every vote does count. It does matter if you come out or don't come out and vote," he said.

Gabriel said this is the last issue remaining in Lawrence County's 2001 general election.




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