Polling Place Information

Thoughts on the Bullskin Township District #1 Polling Place Conundrum

In the wake of school safety in recent months, security in area schools have been paramount. In the Connellsville Area School District, resdidents, employees, administration and colleagues of the School District, specifically those involved with the Bullskin Township Elementary School, where voting in the District #1 takes place. It is the last school building in that district that is used for voting purposes. I can remember other district schools, in fact many of them in the city, such as the now-closed Zachariah Connell, South Side and Dunbar Borough schools and the old Industrial Arts Building (now razed) at the former Junior High West Campus in Trotter being used as voting facilities. In the 1990s, the school district carved out the school schedule for all schools to be closed on election day. About ten years ago, there was another article in the Uniontown Herald Standard that brought this issue to light, as did the Daily-Courier when it was under the leadership of its former owner. Connellsville Area School Directors said then like they say now that they wanted to stray away from schools being used as election precincts. At that time three of the district facilities were used for that purpose, Dunbar Borough Elementary and Zachariah Connell Elementary (now closed), and Bullskin Township Elementary School, thus being the lone contender.

Things have changed in the recent decade, before Dunbar Borough Closed, precincts were consolidated from four to two in Dunbar Township as the Dunbar Borough School was not conducive to voting, and the location was moved to the nearby airport at its modern terminal and consolidated with the one at Monarch Fire Department, as it too had issues. The other two precincts were separate, but essentially held in the same room, but divided by a volleyball net. One precinct was at the razed Industrial Arts Building in Trotter and the other in a residential garage in the Dickerson Run Area, as a result of the southern two being inefficient, the other two were consolidated, thus having the current two voting districts in place for the township.

A petition has been signed by not only the constituents of District #1, but also of concerned parents and guardians of the Elementary School. The school, built in 1956, has been renovated in 1998, and it confuses me as to why the facility wasn’t reconfigured for these purposes, maybe it was because the school board set the calendar each term to have those days off for voting, now that is not the case. Configuring schools for voting has happened in many area districts, like Norwin in Westmoreland County for example, where a separate entrance has been made tot he all purpose room along with separate restrooms for poll workers and others. With Bullskin in its current design you can not simply do that. While a separate entrance is provided for the election precinct, there are not accessible restrooms for poll workers. While many say put a portable toilet outside, that is simply the only issue. With the mandates of the State Government as a result of the Penn State Scandal, security at all schools across the commonwealth have been more restricted, including but not limited to ID Scanning, bag searches, etc. This could hinder the elections process and make it unique in our county as it, if the school would continue to be used, would extremely restrict the elections process in Bullskin First District.

However, moving this precinct (Bullskin #1) is a challenge for the Election Bureau as it is holds the second-highest amount of voters for the county, around 2,000. To further hamper the situation, there are limited facilities in District One where elections can be held. Several places have been checked out. One was the township building,  and it was decided by the township supervisors as being too small and not having the parking necessary. Another location was the new Masonic Hall, but it was stated that there is a group that meets there the first Tuesday of the month, and they were not willing to change. The Mount Olive Evangelical Church Fellowship hall was another consideration, however, it too wasn’t conducive. The Pleasant Valley Country Club was also another consideration, however it was mulled, due to it being under renovation currently. The election bureau stated it has to be in District 1, but as Bullskin Township is a rural township, the places are limited. Personally, I can think of a few more churches and such in the township, but many of them do not meet ADA requirements, nor do they have enough parking to hold the influx of voters, poll and campaign workers.  So my question is my followers, what do we do, the township, election bureau and school district are all searching to find a polling place before the next election in November. The election bureau would need to have another meeting to set a place in mid-September, but that is only three weeks away.

If you recall, we just had this scenario in the same municipality earlier this year, but in District #2, where voting took place at the Bullskin Township Central Fire Station. Fire Company Officials stated that it could no longer be held there, so other option were explored where it was narrowed down to either the grange building at the Fairgrounds in Wooddale or the Wooddale Bible Brethren Church, where a new gymnasium was constructed. It was decided in the nick of time that the church would be a more viable option. When the elections took place during the primary election, it was stated on the church’s Facebook Page that the their youth fellowship could not meet there as they planned to meet outside that night as they could not use the church. It rained , therefore they had to cancel the meeting. This being said, do you think the fairgrounds would have been a viable option to combine districts one and two. There is plenty of parking , the grounds are accessible to those with disabilities and there are comfort facilities.

In closing, let’s hope that the Election Bureau, Township Government, and  School Leaders can make a healthy compromise for all parties involved in this delicate process

election results

Bullskin Township District #3

In the Bear Rocks section of Bullskin Township, Dean Allen secured his spot as Democratic Committeeman with 73 votes. Laura Zelenka secured the Democratic Committeewoman with 85 votes. As for the Republican Committee, Janet Hutchinson secured a seat with 3 votes while the second seat will have to be decided at a tater time as it is between Michael Cagilia, Susan Cagilia, Carmella M. Irwing, and Michael Simon, who all received one vote each.

election results

Bullskin Township District #2

At the new District #2 Polling Place at the Wooddale Bible Brethren Church, No candidates filed in either a candidacy or write in campaign for either Democratic Committeeman or Committeewoman nor were there any rejected write-in ballots at the District #2.

As for the Republican Committee seats, one seat will be likely filled by Linda Lenendowski as she received 8 votes, coming in second were Gerald D Snyder and Judy R. Snyder, Dennis Durstine and Mark Glassburn with one vote each.  The fate of the second seat will have to be determined at a later date.

election results, Uncategorized

Bullskin Township District #1 FINAL

At the Bullskin Township Elementary School, otherwise known as Bullskin District #1. Nicholas Keedy secured the Democratic Committeeman nod with 2 votes while Samantha Butler secured the Democratic Committeewoman nod with 2 votes. As for the Republican committee seats in the First District, William Henry Schiffbauer secured his campaign with 194 votes, while Alan G. Mellinger secured the other seat with 2 votes.

election results

Bullskin Township

In District #1, Wm. Henry Schiffbauer was the sole candidate for Republican Committee in that precinct, garnering  194 votes.

Meanwhile at District #3 in the Mountains, Dean Allen and Laura Zelenka ran for Democratic Committeeman and Committeewoman respectively, gaining 73 and 85 votes at the Bear Rocks Community Center.

No Candidates were on the ballot for the Democratic Seats at District #1 or #2. Additionally, there were no candidates for Republican Committee at Districts #2 or #3 as well.

It should be also noted that District #2 moved their polling place beginning with this election from the Fire Hall to the Wooddale Bible Bretheren Church.

Polling Place Information

Special BOE Meeting to be held on Thursday regarding the Bullskin #2 Polling Location

Notice is hereby given that the Fayette County Board of Elections will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 9:00 am at the Public Service Building, 22 East Main Street, Uniontown, PA 15401, to discuss changing the location of the polling place for Bullskin Township, District 2,

from the current location at

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Bullskin Township VFD Social Hall
260 Keefer Road
Connellsville, PA 15425

to

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Bullskin Fairgrounds
Route 982
938 Pleasant Valley Road
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666

or

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Wooddale Bible Brethren Church
982 Pleasant Valley Road
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666.

County Board of Elections
Fayette County, PA
Angela M. Zimmerlink
Mark A. Rowan
Mark M. Mehalov

election results, Municipal Elections, Uncategorized

Bullskin Township

Supervisor 6 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. R / Chris R. Ohler / 853 / 63.94%
  2. D / Scott Keefer / 472/  35.38%
  3. */Carl Butler / 3 / 0.22%

Tax Collector 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Leslie Wiltrout / 1,144 / 97.78%
  2. Louis E. Bell / 10 / 0.85%
  3. Lisa Argiro / 9 / 0.77%

Auditor 6 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D / Christopher J. Lacey / 807 / 96.90%

Voter Turnout Township Wide

Ballots Cast: 1,360
Registered : 4,484
Voter Turnout: 30.33%

District #1

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Judge of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Edwin Zylka – 3 / 12.00%
  2. Carol Swink – 2 / 8.00%
  3. Scott Keefer – 2 / 8.00%
  4. Mark Bell/1/ 4%
  5. Scott Bennington /1/ 4%
  6. Claire Brocker /1/ 4%
  7. PJ CARTE / /1/ 4%
  8. Amy Hann /1/ 4%
  9. James R. Higgins /1/ 4%
  10. Christopher Lee /1/ 4%
  11. Beverly Quinn /1/ 4%
  12. Mary Smith /1/ 4%
  13. Treanna Smith /1/ 4%

Inspector of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Edwin Zylka / 4 / 17.39%
  2. Jody Oswald / 2 / 8.70%
  3. Treanna Smith / 2 / 8.70%
  4. Chris R. Ohler / 1 / 4.35%
  5. Mark Bell / 1 / 4.35%
  6. Claire Brougher  / 1 / 4.35%
  7. Beverly Brown  / 1 / 4.35%
  8. Amy Hann  / 1 / 4.35%
  9. James R. Huggins  / 1 / 4.35%
  10. Christine Lee  / 1 / 4.35%

Voter Turnout – District #1

Ballots Cast – 787
Registered Voters – 2,623
Voter Turnout – First District – 30.0%

District #2

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Judge of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Linda Lewandoski / 14 / 53.65%

Inspector of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Joyce Guthrie / 2 / 18.18%

Voter Turnout – District 2

Ballots Cast: 304
Registered Voters: 950
Voter Turnout – 32%

District #3

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Judge of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D/Julie E. Weeks / 202 / 99.02%
  2. Terry Cavicchio / 1/ 0.49%

District 3 Inspector of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. R/Mark Allen Fiano / 158 / 60.54%
  2. D/Laurie B. McGinnis / 103 / 39.46%

Voter Turnout – District 3

Ballots Cast – 269
Registered Voters – 911
Voter Turnout – 29.53%

election results, School Board Elections

Connellsville Area School Board

4 Year Term vote for 4

  1. Davd Panzella – 3,826/25.13%
  2. Michael J, Omatick – 3,826 / 25.13%
  3. David J, Martray – 3,812 / 25.04%
  4. Donald S. Grenaldo – 3,658/24.03%

In the 17 Precincts, 5,029 ballots were cast out of a 19,080 registered voters, resulting in a 26.36% Voter Turnout