Sign up for one of our email newsletters. In tiny North Irwin, it does not take many votes to win a seat in the borough's governing body and you don't have to be on the ballot to do it. In fact, seven write-in votes in November's election were enough for John Lapinsky, to win election and take a seat on borough council during Tuesday's reorganization meeting. That was more than the other council write-in winner, Terry Hill, who garnered all of six votes. There were five other write-in votes.