WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — While some counties aren’t even counting mail-in votes until Wednesday morning, some counties have seen the polls open and close with relative ease.
It has been a relatively painless process in Lycoming County. Just under 60,000 registered voters and the election board says with everything going on, they’ve stayed ahead of the numbers because of low voter turnout.
Roughly 40 percent turned out but election officials tell Eyewitness News that’s par for the course when it comes to primaries. There were concerns coming into Tuesday’s voting with new equipment, social distancing and mail-in voter response. More than 10,500 ballots were mailed out, and just over 7,000 came back in.
In Williamsport, the votes were tabulated well before polling locations closed. Lycoming County is one of the largest, geographically, in the state, which means as polls closed, one of the only things delaying results is getting those votes all in one place.
Forrest Lehman, the director of elections for Lycoming County, says the process was relatively painless. One thing that could be a potential issue heading toward November? Provisional ballots which are those used for people who couldn’t get their absentee or mail-in ballots in on time.
Officials say law makers in Harrisburg need to prepare for a larger volume of voters in the general election. The only way to stay ahead of the process is to take action now rather than later.
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