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The Lawrence County Board of Elections certified all Nov. 2 results minus the race for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge, which is under a statewide recount.

NEW CASTLE – The Lawrence County Board of Elections officially certified all but one race in the county from the Nov. 2 election during a Wednesday special meeting.

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The votes not yet certified were cast in the race for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge.

According to a release from Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid, a statewide recount for Commonwealth Court was ordered based on state law.

Republican Stacy Marie Wallace finished with 26.61% of the vote, securing one of the spots, while the second and third place finishers, Democrat Lori Dumas and Republican Drew Compton, finished with 25.36% and 25.03% of the vote, respectively, within the margin that triggers a mandatory recount under state law.

Election board member and Commissioner Morgan Boyd said there were no other recount requests in any other race.

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County Election Technology Manager Tim Germani said out of 55,980 registered voters in the county, 17,776 ballots were cast in the election, making voter turnout 31.75%.

Of those ballots, only four were military and two were provisional. There were 19 provisional ballots cast, but 17 were disqualified. There were also 22 “naked” mail-in ballots that were not placed in the secrecy envelope.

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Germani said it will take two days to recount the remaining uncertified ballots. The office will recount the 4,288 absentee/mail-in ballots and the 13,486 Election Day ballots.

Both the Democratic and Republican parties of Lawrence County were notified of the recount, and will have watchers during the process. A constable will watch the recount, and county President Judge Dominick Motto will be on standby in case an order of the court is needed.

The county elections board will meet at 9 a.m. Nov. 24 to certify the Commonwealth Court results, as they have to be submitted to the Department of State by noon Nov. 24.

The full list of the county election results is available on the county’s website,

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Nicholas Vercilla is a staff reporter for the Beaver County Times and Ellwood City Ledger. He can be reached at

This article originally appeared on Ellwood City Ledger: Election results certified minus Commonwealth Court votes