LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It’s Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania and many eyes are focused on Luzerne County, which has had issues running elections in recent years.
The most recent, is the now infamous paper ballot shortage in the November 2022 election. So how is it going today?
We stopped by the Edwardsville Fire Department at around noon where we saw a handful of voters coming to cast their votes. They all told me that the county council race was the main reason they voted as well as the race for district judge.
In Kingston, we saw about a dozen votes coming in and we are told they have about a 25% turnout around noon Tuesday which is usual for a municipal election.
Voters say they were here namely because of the race for the county council and the race for district judge. But they are hoping there are no issues running the election countywide.
“If they can’t get through this election without any issues the answer then everyone needs to go who runs it before 2024,” said Mike Monaco of Kingston.
“I sure hope this time they got it all straightened out. I’m pretty confident they will,” said Pam Kopen of Kingston.
They also said they had no issue voting such as lack of paper and hope the same is true county-wide. Luzerne County has had issues with running elections in recent years including a paper shortage last November.
“I’m hoping they pull it off without any issues. In 2022 I was up in Hazleton we didn’t have too many issues then but there were other issues at other districts and I’m hoping we can pull it off without any snags,” said Edwardsville resident Bill Ellsworth
Eyewitness News has confirmed there was a paper shortage at the Hunlock Creek Fire Company and we know that GOP paper ballots ran out at Our Lady of Grace Church polling place in Hazleton.
The director of the election bureau says they sent rovers to both polling places with additional paper ballots.