A record 81.44 percent of Wyoming County’s registered voters cast their ballots last week, with a solid edge to the Republicans.
When Clinton Township and Meshoppen Township turned in ballots shortly after 10 p.m., the county election office showed all 28 precincts (including absentees) then reported.
That left 191 provisional ballots to be certified by Friday morning when the county’s election board typically gets together to certify the results.
This past Friday, however, the county courthouse was closed because of an outbreak of two COVID-19 cases detected among county workers, so the certification moved to early Monday afternoon.
Among the provisionals, 117 were added to Republican Donald Trump’s total, 62 to Democrat Joe Biden and 5 to Libertarian Jo Jorgenson.
All-in-all, some 14,938 ballots were cast out of 18,342 registered voters for an overall turnout rate of 81.44 percent, election director Flo Kellett revealed in a statement sent out just after 3 p.m., Monday.
Trump and Mike Pence took the county with 9,936 votes for President/Vice President to 4,704 for Biden and Kamala Harris, and 218 for Libertarian Jo Jorgenson.
Although Trump had the greatest number of votes ever carried by a candidate for President in Wyoming County, his 66.68 percent of the electorate was slightly below his 2016 performance against Hillary Clinton, and well below Richard Nixon’s 75.5 percent of the vote when he trounced Democrat George McGovern in 1972.
Biden carried the state of Pennsylvania with a plurality of 45,000 votes; and latest tally at press time was that he had a national plurality of more than 4.9 million votes over Trump, and is slated to become President next Jan. 20. Other County results For Pennsylvania Attorney General, Republican Heather Heidelbaugh outpolled Democrat incumbent Josh Shapiro, 9,152-5,077. Statewide, Shapiro won reelection by a plurality of more than 140,000 votes.
For Pennsylvania Auditor General, Republican Timothy DeFoor outpolled Democrat Nina Ahmad 9,647-4,164 locally in a race to fill the seat presently held by Eugene Depasquale, who was prevented by term limits to seek reelection. DeFoor won statewide to become the first GOP candidate to hold that office in two decades.
For Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Republican Stacy L. Garrity outpolled Democrat incumbent Joe Torsella locally 9,744-4,268. As of 8 p.m., Monday night, Garrity was ahead by 78,000 votes with 2.2 percent of the vote still to be counted
For U.S. Representative in Congress serving Pennsylvania’s Twelfth Congressional District, Republican incumbent Fred Keller outpolled Democratic newcomer Lee Griffin locally, 10,267-4,272. Keller won district wide.
For Pennsylvania Representative in the General Assembly’s 117th House District, Republican incumbent Karen Boback ran unopposed and received 13,112 votes, with 375 write-ins also cast.
Also on the ballot was a Liquor Referendum in Mehoopany Township in which 294 voted for it, and 156 voted against it.
The vote count in Wyoming County, like most of Election Day, was largely unremarkable, said Kellett.
Just over 4,000 of the more than 14,700 ballots cast in the county were mail-in or absentee.
Election officials started the process of counting them at 7 a.m. and wrapped it up in about 11 hours, Kellett said.
All of Tuesday’s results, including the in-person voting tallies, were in and posted before 10:30 p.m., she said.
“It was fairly uneventful for us,” Kellett said.
(Times-Shamrock staff writer Dave Singleton also contributed to this report.)