Monday, May 24, 2021

Canvassing Yields No Lead Changes in Allentown Mayoral or City Council Races

Lehigh County elections officials are internet stars of sorts. They are filming their official canvass of the May 18 primary. You can tune in and catch the action here. I dropped in on Friday just as Voting Registrar Tim Benyo was finishing his tally of the provisional ballots. They've changed nothing in Allentown. 

Lehigh County received 395 provisional ballots. Of this total, 209 were fully or partially counted. 

Matt Tuerk still leads in the Mayoral contest by 122 votes over incumbent Ray O'Connell. 

The Democratic nominees in the City Council race are still Cynthia Mota (4,246), Daryl Hendricks (2,874), Natalie Santos (2,856) and Ed Zucal (2,511). 

Zucal's lead over Patrick Palmer is now 21 votes. 

Ten military ballots were sent countywide, and three have been returned. The remaining seven must be in by COB tomorrow.   

On the Republican side, Tom Houck was the sole candidate. But there are 451 write-ins, and it's possible that some of the Democratic City Council candidates will capture a Republican nomination if they get 100. 

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