Crawford County Board of Elections had high praise for the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday when the board formally met following Tuesday's election.

The department supplied an emergency generator Tuesday to the polling station at the South Shenango Township Municipal Building to power lights and electronic voting machines at the precinct.

Power was knocked out to South Shenango Township Municipal Building by Sunday night's storms and still hadn't been restored by the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday with polls due to open at 7.

"Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department stepped up and really helped us out," said John Amato, Crawford County commissioner who is chairman of the county's Board of Elections.

Crawford County 911 Center contacted Jamestown about possible use of one of the department's emergency generators.

"They set up the generator and the quick action allowed us to open the polls nearly on time," Amato said. "Their reaction at a moment's notice helped us out."

The Board of Elections — Amato and fellow commissioners Chris Soff and Francis Weiderspahn Jr. — also praised the dedication of poll workers throughout the county's 68 precincts.

The Board of Elections — Amato, Soff and Weiderspahn — will serve as official tabulators with Marlo Urey appointed as an alternate tabulator for Amato; Christopher Seeley, an alternate for Soff; and Diana Perry and Kathy Roae, alternate tabulators for Weiderspahn.

Urey is a staffer in the county register and recorder's office, and Seeley, Perry and Roae are the county's auditors.

The board recessed its meeting until 9 a.m. Monday in the Assembly Room at the county courthouse in Meadville. Official tabulation of Tuesday's election begins at 9 a.m. Monday in the Assembly Room at the courthouse.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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