Election officials in Cambria and Somerset counties are hopeful that local races will bring voters to the polls Tuesday, although general elections typically see a lower number of ballots cast.
Shirley Crowl, director of elections in Cambria County, said 26 percent of the county’s voters participated in this spring’s primary.
She expects a similar percentage of voters to show up Tuesday, mentioning the races for Johnstown City Council, the Greater Johnstown school board and magistrate judge in District 47-1-02 as those “that might bring some people out.”
Crowl’s office has sent out nearly 600 absentee ballots, which were to be returned to her office by 5 p.m. Friday.
Two polling-place changes will be in effect for Tuesday’s election, Crowl added.
In Ehrenfeld Borough, voters will cast their ballots at the borough’s municipal building on Mount Carmel Drive in South Fork instead of the former polling place at Grace Fellowship Chapel on the same road.
Voters in Portage Township center will vote at the Portage Township municipal building on Portage Street instead of Parkway Restaurant on Munster Road.
In Somerset County, elections director Tina Pritts echoed Crowl’s predictions for a voter turnout around 25 percent.
Pritts said several local races – including Berlin, Jennerstown and Windber borough councils and the races for mayor in Windber, Somerset Borough and Meyersdale – may attract some voters.
Pritts’ office sent out 515 absentee ballots, which were to be returned by 4 p.m. Friday.
In Somerset County, Pritts said there will be one polling place change. Voters in Lower Turkeyfoot Township will vote at the township’s new building on Listonburg Road instead of the former polling place at the former township building on Jersey Hollow Road, she said.