Timing Keeps Lunny on Ballot, but Votes Won't Count
Court orders Lunny removed, but there is not enough time left to do so.
As if this year's primary election for Pennsylvania's 22nd House District seat wasn't confusing enough, voters will have to clear yet another hurdle on April 24 by avoiding the temptation to select Shawn Lunny's name from the ballot.
Nevertheless, selecting Lunny's name will be a waste of a vote, as all selections of the young Democrat will not be counted. Voters can still vote for Lunny as a write-in candidate, though.
Lunny's name was ordered to be removed because he did not submit, on his petition for nomination, 300 valid signatures of registered Democratic voters in the 22nd District, according to the court's ruling.
The entirety of the 22nd District includes at least parts of Whitehall Borough, Baldwin Township and Castle Shannon Borough and the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Overbrook, Brookline, Mount Washington, Beechview, Duquesne Heights, Manchester, Sheraden and Esplen.
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The lone Republican competing in his party's primary election for that seat is Chris Cratsley, meaning that Cratsley is almost certain to face either Molchany or Schmotzer in November's general election.
Another job for voters on April 24 will be to select—in a special election between only Schmotzer and Cratsley—who will fill the remainder of former 22nd District Rep. Chelsa Wagner's seat, starting immediately and continuing through the end of 2012.
In other words, if you're a registered Democrat or a registered Republican, you can vote twice on April 24—once in the special election and again in the actual primary. Otherwise, you can only vote once—in the special election.
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