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Lame Ducks Can Cripple Governments

By the Editorial BoardMay 23, 2019

Lackawanna County is awash with lame ducks — often due to incumbents’ self-inflicted wounds — following Tuesday’s primary election. Two of three county commissioners, a host of municipal council members and many school directors were deposed by voters who converted the nominating process into a referendum on governance.

In many cases the vote results herald positive change. But anti-incumbent fervor also entails substantial risk. Typically, the sweeping change that voters mandated Tuesday is more likely to result from a general election in November, leaving defeated incumbents just a month or so to clear the decks and prepare the transition. Now, the lame ducks have six months in their terms.

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