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By John Guerriero, Kevin Flowers Erie Times-News staff bloggers
John Guerriero and Kevin Flowers have joined forces for Campaign ’14, a blog about the 2014 races for governor and U.S. House, among others. And you'll read about President Barack Obama, Congress and what's going on in Harrisburg. Check it out and you’ll be a lot more informed before voting in the May 21 primary and the Nov. 5 election.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: September 20th, 2013

Diners at Calamari’s Squid Row in downtown Erie might notice that the management is serving food with a side of politics.

The paper place mats at Calamari’s are an advertisement for Bill Kelly Jr.’s bid for an Erie County judgeship. Kelly placemat1

Co-owner J. Honard said that he is a good friend and supporter of Kelly, a Republican who won the  Democratic nomination and will oppose Bob Sambroak. the Republican nominee, in the Nov. 5 election.

Both candidates sought both major party nominations in the spring primary.

The Kelly campaign is paying for the place mats, Honard said.

But Honard said the restaurant at 1317 State St. agreed to use them to both support Kelly and to get the word out about the election. “We have a really bad voter turnout in this county. Hopefully, it raises some awareness,” he said.

Voter turnout in the last municipal election, in 2011, was 26 percent, according to Doug Smith, Erie County clerk of elections. In the prior municipal election, in 2009, it was 28 percent. 

Honard said there’s “a fine line” in mixing politics with a place open to the public.

But Honard said he has “no issue” standing up and saying who he supports. Honard said he believes another Erie restaurant has the place mats, too.

– John Guerriero


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Posted: May 24th, 2013

The official vote count from Tuesday’s primary should be completed this morning.

But anyone wishing to challenge the results should know this: It’s not a cheap date.

A challenge of each voting machine would cost $50, said Doug Smith, Erie County clerk of elections.

So in Summit Township, for instance, where Democrat Sandra Zawistoski lost by three votes to Jack F. Lee Jr., it would cost her $450 to challenge all nine voting machines in the township’s two districts.

A countywide challenge could get really pricey.

– John Guerriero


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Posted: May 1st, 2013

If the Erie County Election Office is testing the ballot software for the primary, can voting day be far away?

The answer, of course, is no. The primary is May 21.

The Election Office today started to test the software, a process that could run into Thursday, said Doug Smith, Erie County clerk of elections.

Test votes are being cast for every candidate on the ballot , in all 154 voting precincts in the county.

The test results are uploaded onto the 154 personal electronic ballots, the devices that collect the unofficial totals on primary and election nights, Smith said.

All test votes will be cleared from the PEBs and voting machines after the testing, the Election Office said. A sampling of about 20 voting machines also are being tested, Smith said.

The testing is required by Pennsylvania election law.

– John Guerriero

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