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Election Blog / 2008 / March

Election Blog


Valley comes through for Clinton

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley came through in a big way for U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, helping to breathe new life into her bid to capture the Democratic presidential nomination.Clinton, D-N.Y., won Ohio with Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties greatly exceeding her margin of victory in the Buckeye State.“The Valley ...

Incumbents score in Mahoning County

YOUNGSTOWN — It was the night of the Democratic incumbents in Mahoning County government as the county commissioners, treasurer and prosecutor all coasted to easy victories, outscoring their opponents by margins of 2 to 1 or better.Prosecutor Paul Gains, seeking his fourth term in office, defeated Heidi Hanni, but Hanni ...

Sheriff Altiere re-elected in Trumbull

WARREN – In two hotly contested countywide races, incumbent Sheriff Thomas Altiere has been re-elected, while David DeChristofaro has defeated Randy Smith for county engineer.With 94 percent of the vote in by midnight, Altiere of Howland, who has served as sheriff for 16 years, garnered 27,809 votes or 56 percent; ...

Youngstown school levy fails

YOUNGSTOWN — The third time wasn’t the charm for the Youngstown City School District.The third attempt to get voters to approve a new 9.5-mill, five-year emergency tax levy failed Tuesday, but it won’t be the last try.“We’ll be back in the fall,” said Shelley Murray, school board president.Murray pointed out ...

Final tally in Columbiana sheriff race will come later

LISBON — Perry Township Police Chief Ray Stone is the apparent winner in the Republican primary for Columbiana County Sheriff.But the decision is far from over.Stone received 3,107 votes Tuesday, topping two veteran members of the sheriff’s office. He beat his nearest competitor by by five votes, according to complete ...

Only one governor's choice wins

YOUNGSTOWN — While they were both the governor’s choices, only one was the choice of Mahoning County Democratic voters.Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat formerly of Lisbon, had appointed Timothy Franken of Beaver Township as a common pleas court judge in September 2007 and Mark Belinky of Boardman as probate court ...

Hillary Clinton projected to win Ohio

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has won the Democratic nomination in Ohio, CNN projects.

Results becoming clear in tight Trumbull races

WARREN – With 68 percent of Trumbull County precincts reporting, two hotly contested races are becoming clear.In the race for county sheriff, incumbent Thomas Altiere has 21,449 or 57 percent of the vote, compared with challenger Joseph Consiglio, Weathersfield Township’s police chief, who has 16,021 votes, or 42 percent of ...

Mass transit levy passing

Mahoning mass-transit levy passing

Sheriff, engineer races in Trumbull are close

WARREN – With 31 percent of Trumbull County precincts reporting, two hotly contested races for countywide offices are close.In the race for county sheriff, incumbent Thomas Altiere has 10,032 or 56.6 percent of the vote, compared with challenger Joseph Consiglio, Weathersfield Township’s police chief, who has 7,688 votes, or nearly ...

Columbiana Co. JFS levy gets defeated

Eileen Dray-Bardon, the head of the Columbiana County Department of Job and Family Services, said she will have to return to the ballot in November to again seek additional funding for her agency. With 80 percent of the precincts reporting, some 14,196 votes cast were against the1.5-mill levy, with 8,573 ...

Leaks causing havoc at Columbiana elections board

At 9:45 p.m., workers at the Columbiana County Board of Elections were moving filing cabinets from the board meeting room that were being doused by rain falling from the leaky roof. The cabinets were moved to another section of the building. Several areas of the board offices on North Park ...

Clinton leading in Columbiana County

In Columbiana County with 60 of 103 precincts reporting, Hillary Clinton has 8,220 votes to 3,069 for Barack Obama.

Clinton wins Rhode Island primary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodman Clinton has won the Democratic primary in Rhode Island.

Early Trumbull County numbers

WARREN – With 4 percent of Trumbull County precincts reporting, two hotly contested races for countywide offices are very close.In the race for county sheriff, challenger Joseph Consiglio, Weathersfield Township’s police chief, has 1,192 votes, or nearly 50.6 percent of the votes counted so far, compared with incumbent Thomas Altiere ...

Mahoning abstentee ballots show Clinton way ahead of Obama

YOUNGSTOWN — With 14,233 absentee votes in Mahoning County, U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is beating U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., 57.8 percent to 39.1 percent.Lou D’Apolito of Boardman has a small lead over Judge Tim Franken of Beaver Township 42 percent to 40.5 percent for a seat on ...

McCain is GOP presidential nominee

CNN has projected U.S. John McCain, R.-Ariz., has secured enough delegates to win the Republican nomination for president. CNN says its exit polls show McCain winning the Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Rhode Island primaries Tuesday night.McCain's GOP opponents were Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of ...

Kisses from Belinky

Regardless of the outcome of the Democratic race for Mahoning County probate judge, Mark Belinky was the clear winner of the "Most Creative Polling Place Handout" in Tuesday's election. Belinky, appointed to the bench three months ago by Gov. Ted Strickland, had his campaign workers give voters Hershey Kisses as ...

Federal judge orders 15 precincts in Cleveland to stay open until 9 p.m.

CLEVELAND, Ohio AP — The chairman of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections says a federal judge has ordered the board to keep 15 precincts in Cleveland open until 9 p.m.

Recycling served democracy

The Columbiana County Board of Elections building, which had a number of a leaks Tuesday evening because of rain, were able to use large recycling collection bins that wre stored in a part of their office to collect the water. Two containers were placed side by side in the board ...

Ohio results delayed until 9 p.m.

The Ohio Secretary of State has ordered all 88 counties to not release any voting results, including absentee ballots, until 9 p.m. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner issued the directive because of bad weather conditions in Sandusky County that prevented folks from getting to the polls before the 7:30 p.m. ...

McCain projected winner in Ohio

CNN has projected U.S. Sen. John McCain, R.-Ariz., as the winner of the Republican primary election in Ohio, picking up 88 delegates. Earlier, CNN declared McCain the winner of the Vermont primary election. He picked up all 17 delegates in Vermont.The Associated Press reports that McCain will have 1,031 of ...

Microwave oven: Forget about it

YOUNGSTOWN — While there’s no sign by the microwave in the Mahoning County Board of Elections’ kitchen, it’s clearly understood by all that no one is to use it tonight.While elections officials were tallying votes during the November 2007 election, someone decided to use the microwave to pop popcorn.Big mistake.It ...

Polls stay open until 9 p.m. in Sandusky

CNN reports polls in Sandusky will stay open until 9 p.m. because of the bad weather in that area.

Rubber or plastic for Mahoning voters

YOUNGSTOWN — Rubber or plastic?In the November 2007 election, voters were given plastic-tipped styluses to use on Mahoning County touch-screen machines if their fingers proved ineffective. The board of elections received numerous complaints because the styluses weren’t terribly effective.The board tried something new at the polls today — pencil erasers. ...

Leave it to a woman

Was it the weather? Or all those early ballots cast yesterday when people stood in long, winding lines outdoors, waiting to make their vote count?  Whatever it was made for a nearly empty polling place on Youngstown's North Side early this evening when I stopped in. No line, no wait, ...

Obama, McCain win Vermont Primary

CNN News calling U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-.Ill., and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R.-Ariz., as the winners of the Vermont Primary. Obama picked up 23 delegates, and McCain got 17 delegates, says CNN's Wolf Blizter.

Salem outages don't stop voting

SALEM — Icing on trees in Salem resulted in power outages that did not affect voting. Broken limbs took out some lines about 11 a.m. today. Mark Durbin, a spokesman for Ohio Edison, said some wires leading to the Pidgeon Road substation were also damaged.Some 380 customers had power quickly ...

Leaky election board

LISBON — The Columbiana County commissioners are debating whether to renovate the Board of Elections or move its operations to a new building. One of the problems with the building is that the roof leaks.Lois Gall, director of the elections board, said this afternoon she wasn’t sure if the rain ...

For voting problems, call these numbers

If you have a problem voting today and can’t get the matter resolved at your polling location, you are encouraged to contact your county board of elections.In Mahoning County, the elections board’s telephone number is (330) 783-2474.In Trumbull County, the board’s number is (330) 369-4050.In Columbiana County, the number is ...

Voting steady at polls today

BOARDMAN — Polling locations across the county were reporting steady crowds but few lines around noon Election Day.A mix of rainy weather and the high incidence of early voting were cited for what could be considered an anticlimatic turn-out.Some had predicted voter participation would reach 55 percent after 15,000 county ...

Greta to Jimbo: Let's talk

Don Shilling, The Vindicator's business editor, was interviewed this afternoon via telephone by Greta Van Susteren, host of "On The Record With Greta" on FOX, about the role NAFTA has played in the Democratic primary election in Ohio. Van Susteren wanted Shilling's take on the effects NAFTA has had on ...

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