WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Local election bureaus are in full swing getting ready for municipal primaries, but it’s up to every resident to go out and make their voices heard.

“The offices there on the ballot this year are the ones that are closest to home. These are the people that actually impact us on a daily basis,” said Bob Morgan, director, Luzerne County Bureau of Elections.

The May primary is approaching rapidly and there are organized efforts on both sides of the aisle, putting in work to get as many voters registered as possible, ensuring that everyone who wants to gets a chance to vote by mail or in person. They’re also making sure that all Pennsylvanians know who and what is on the ballot.

“Remember, council their school board members, they are mayors, there are judges, each one of those races is important. Sometimes maybe even more important than who the president is,” said Morgan.

There are at least four big ballot questions that everyone in Pennsylvania will see.

A statewide referendum making municipal fire and emergency medical service companies eligible for loans to proposed constitutional amendments, based on emergency declarations and one on civil liberties.

Whether you are looking for systemic change or trying to keep the current course with those offices, neither say it’s time to step away from being politically active in your city.

Three key dates coming up include:

  • May 3- the last day to register to vote.
  • May 11- the last day to request a mail-in ballot.
  • May 18- primary election day.