WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – The 2018 Primary Elections are Tuesday..and in Williamsport some people are confused as to where to vote.
If you live in the 6th and 7th wards in Williamsport, then you might be familiar with voting here at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.
Unfortunately, when I asked community members if they were aware that this location is about to change..most of them had similar answers.
“I had no clue,” said Blaine Logue of Williamsport.
“I’m not aware of the new change,” said Volunteer of Polling Locations, Linda Sterling.
“No I did not,” said Michael Rizzo of Williamsport.
One person, however did do his homework..finding out that the new location will be here at the West End Christian Community Center.
“I keep up on these kinds of things. I like to know what’s going on, who to vote for, where people stand on their points and if they’re actually going to come through for what they say they will,” said Jason Knott of Williamsport.
Some shared with Eyewitness News how they would’ve liked to have found out.
“Broadcast it on tv, newspaper,” said Logue.
“Either in the newspaper or they put it on the radio so people know,” said Sterling.
“Put something in the mail,” said Rizzo.
Registered voters of both wards have been mailed notification letters alerting them to the changes.
Lycoming County Director of Election Forrest Lehman says about a thousand letters were sent to registered voters in the two wards on April 11th. Additional an ad about the change was run in the local paper and noted on the county’s election website.
He also says that notices of the location change will be posted at the old locations for the next two election dates.
The problem is..if you waited too long to register to vote, you may not have received this important piece of mail.
Even if you didn’t recieve the notification in the mail…finding your polling place is as easy as going to Pavoterservices.pa.gov..and typing in your address.
“You could pretty much google anything. Today with the internet and the way it is there’s no reason why you shouldn’t know what’s going on in the world,” said Knott.
And, missing out on voting in the general primary is not something you want to do.
“Don’t just vote in the mid terms but vote in all elections because it’s truly important for everybody,” said Sterling.
“It’s the smaller elections that make things count,” said Logue.
“I really wish people out there would take a bigger interest in what’s going on in the world especially in this country and especially in local state government because if you don’t who’s going to do it,” said Knott.
To be fair, we did find newspaper stories on the polling location change in Lycoming County.