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Low Turnout Expected at Primary Municipal Elections

Matt Rourke
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Municipal and judicial primary elections are coming up Tuesday, May 19. Voter turn out for these elections is generally low. Around 15 to 20 percent of registered voters are expected to show up to choose candidates for positions like sheriff or school board director.

Centre County Elections Director Joyce McKinley says there are two particularly interesting contests in Centre County this year.

“It’s on the Republican ballot, the Register of Wills and the Sheriff,” McKinley said.

There are two Republican candidates for each of those positions.

Statewide, both the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court have vacancies. On the State Supreme Court, three of the seven seats are up for election.

Many polling places have changed since the last election. For this and other information, voters can visit Pennsylvania Voter Services.