Your Local Election HQ: Voter Turnout Low in Many Areas


 (WBRE/WYOU-TV)   After all the hype and hoopla- it is primary election day across the commonwealth.

     There are many mayor, council and school board races.  Voter turnout is key in many of the primary races.

    The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick is watching the Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre mayor races and keeping an eye on voter turnout.

  There were no lines at this polling place at Kistler Elementary School in Wilkes-Barre. The judge of elections says only 10 percent of the voters turned out by midday. The voters Eyewitness News spoke with say it’s the race for the Democratic nomination between Incumbent Mayor Tony George and challenger George Brown that brought them to the polls– as did the race for seats on the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board.

  “It’s important to me and it should be important to everybody. Especially with the school district here with their consolidating the schools,” Said Stan Arnold.

   “The school board race I think is very important that the people get out to vote. To support the local school and the upcoming changes and taxes,” Said Lindsay Weidon, Wilkes-Barre.

in Hazleton, voter turnout was also low to moderate for much of the day. The marquee race here is for mayor. But it is not the only race on the minds of voters.

  “Well, the Mayor, the council and the School Board are the three most important” Said Jack Flintosh.

 Karen and Jack Flintosh say they have not missed a vote for 30 years. They insist it’s simply too important.

  “It’s very important. Taxes are going up whether it’s the city taxes, school taxes. This is very important,” Said Karen Flintosh.

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