Counting write-in votes continues at the Mercer County courthouse. The off-year general election was November 8, 2005.
Election chief Dr. Tom Rookey noted that there are lots of write-in votes to count and that they are "trying for (the) end of the week." That projection places the posting of results as November 18. The results can be viewed here.
Mercer County, Like Greene and Beaver Counties, had to scrap the UniLect Patriot electronic voting machines after they were decertified by the state. The Patriot machines had an unusually high amount of errors. Mercer County has resorted to using optical-scan ballots. The ballots are read by machine, but the write-ins must be counted manually.
There were 22,116 ballots cast in Mercer County--a disappointing 28.84% of registered voters.
When asked if his office will list all of the write-in votes, Rookey replied, "We will post winners. We will not post numbers that do not effect races." Fans of the civic duty will not get to indulge in reading the clever votes cast for such ballot stalwarts as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Spongebob Squarepants.