Low Turnout Expected for Tuesday’s Election


 (WBRE/WYOU) Voters will be headed back to the polls Tuesday for the primary election.  Eyewitness News is following a few hotly contested races.
      Eyewitness News Reporter Crystal Cranmore explains why some people may not be interested in heading to the polls on Tuesday.

The excitement surrounding the Clinton and Trump campaigns has a lot of people wanting to forgo heading to the polls Tuesday.

     Maria Perez of Wilkes-Barre doesn’t think her vote will change much.
“They always say they going to do something and don’t follow through” added Perez.

    And while Scranton native and student Christian NG says he knows it’s important to vote, he’ll also be sitting out this time around.
“As a student its really hard to study and delve into local politics at the same time “

    Historically, voters pay less attention to off year elections – something Eyewitness News political analyst David Yonki says needs to change.

“These are your neighbors that are basically going to be governing you and I just dont understand why people don’t realize that” said Yonki.

    Yonki thinks the hotly contested race for Lackawanna District Attorney between Republican Incumbent Shane Scanlon and Republican Gene Talarico – the former first assistant D.A – will drive people to the polls.
    The winner of this race will face democrat Mark Powell in November.

    Another notable race is the contest for school board positions in the Dallas School District where a failure to reach a deal between teachers and administraotrs led to a strike late last year
     Then, there is the democratic race for Luzerne County Council where 9 candidates are running for five democratic nominations.

“I expect to see a low turnout I mean if we can get 20 percent turnout that would be a huge victory because there are not a lot of races people are passionate about ” Said Yonki.
     The Polls open on Tuesday at 7 am and close at 8 pm.  We encourage you to vote and watch your vote count here on Eyewitness News.

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