What You Need to Know for PA Primary Election Day


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania primary election day is Tuesday and as people get ready to head to the polls, election officials want to remind voters of what they can expect.

A judge's ruling earlier this year struck down the state's voter ID law, which means you do not need an ID To cast a ballot. However, if you're a first-time voter, you will need to show some sort of identification.

"It doesn't have to be a photo ID,” said Jennie Aines, chief registrar of the Franklin County voter registration office. “It can be a voter registration card or an employee badge."

Another thing to be aware of if you are planning on voting in Franklin County is that Robert Buzzardi will appear on the ballot as a republican candidate for governor, but you will not be able to vote for him.

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court recently ruled that Buzzardi did not meet the statutory requirements to have his name on the ballot. That was before the county already printed the ballots with his name on it.

"Basically they'll just vote as though his name is not on the ballot. If they want to vote for him, they'll actually have to do a write in,” said Aines.

In the last non-presidential primary election, the voter turnout in Franklin County was about 22 percent. This year, election officials are hoping for more but say it should be around that number.

"Based on the number of absentee ballot applications, and phone calls, I think [the voter turnout] will still be fairly light,” said Aines. “It may be higher in some areas where they have a [contested] race."

Election officials say regardless of the turnout, they are prepared for Tuesday. They will have staff on hand to quickly address any potential issues with voting machines and procedures.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

To find out where your voting precinct is, you can call the Franklin County voter registration office at 717-261-3886 or click here

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