Election Board Seeks New Member; Must Be A Democrat
WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne County Board of Elections did not have a quorum on Wednesday. Board members want that to change.
The five-member board, which oversees the county bureau of elections, has been short one member since Michael Mey resigned late last year.
Mey is a Democrat, so his replacement must also be a Democrat, according to the county charter.
Peter Ouellette, vice chairman of the election board, urged anyone interested to apply for the open seat, which expires in January 2020.
An application and more information can be found on the county website: https://www.luzernecounty.org/747/Authorities-Boards-Commissions-Listing.
The election board could not hold a voting session Wednesday, with only two members present: Ouellette and Keith Gould.
But county elections director Marisa Crispell updated the board on election-related topics:
• The election bureau will hold a voting system expo at the county courthouse from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 27. The county plans to purchase new electronic voting machines this year, to comply with a state mandate. The new voting machines, estimated to cost about $4 million, will provide a “paper trail” for added security. Five vendors will demonstrate their voting systems at the expo, Crispell said. The public is invited to attend and participate, she said.
• Candidates running in the May 21 primary may pick up election packets at the election bureau office starting Feb. 11. The first day candidates may circulate nominating petitions is Feb. 19.
• A state law passed last year allows incumbent magisterial district judges to appear on the primary ballot without collecting signatures on a nominating petition. However, sitting judges who do not collect signatures waive the right to challenge petitions of other candidates. In Luzerne County, incumbent magisterial district judges Michael Dotzel, Alexandra Kokura Kravitz and Joseph Zola are up for election this year.
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