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New ballots being sent to voters in three local precincts

Previous ballots omitted write-in space for latest school board vacancy

LEWISTOWN — Because a write-in space for a two-year term on the Mount Union Area School District Board of Directors was not included on initial mail-in ballots sent to voters in Kistler Borough, Newton Hamilton Borough and Wayne Township, the Mifflin County Elections Office is sending new mail-in ballots to approximately 100 affected voters in those three precincts.

A position on the MUASD school board was vacated in April 2021, and with no candidate running for the position, a write-in line is necessary for the 2-year post. The first set of ballots mailed did not include the vacant position and write-in line.

Because the election is Nov. 2, the new ballots for the three affected precincts will be postmarked and delivered to the mailboxes at the addresses of the voters affected.

“If a voter in one of those three precincts has already returned a ballot and does not wish to send a second ballot in that first ballot will be counted,” James Conway, Mifflin County Election Director said. “If one of those voters chooses to send a second ballot which includes a write-in candidate for the Mount Union school board member two-year term, the first ballot will be canceled and the second ballot will be counted.”

The Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas has granted a petition from the county to permit use of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Guidelines for accepting mail-in ballots for the three affected precincts. Mail-in ballots for those three affected precincts must still be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 2, but may now be received by the voting office up until 4 p.m. on Nov. 9, the Tuesday following the election, similar to the counting process for military personnel and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States.

Additionally, those affected mail-in ballots may still be hand-delivered to the drop box inside the Mifflin County Courthouse until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

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