County ready for Election Day

All systems and personnel are in place for 86 countywide polling places for Tuesday’s primary election, according to Sandy Adams, Lycoming County director of voter services.

Just 27 percent – 17,372 people – of eligible county voters showed up in 2009 when similar elections were held.

Voters will head to the polls to nominate candidates for City Council, township supervisors, borough council members, school board directors, county sheriff and two special ballot questions in Fairfield Township and the Jersey Shore School District.

“Voting in elections provides an important way to voice your opinion. Making your voice heard at the local level is the best way to make positive changes in your area,” said Adams. “Remember, the upcoming election can be decided by very few votes.”

For Tuesday’s election, there are 34,378 registered Republicans and registered 22,824 Democrats in the county, Adams said.

In the primary election, only members of those two political parties may cast votes for open elected positions.

Voters of any party in Fairfield Township may, however, cast ballots for a referendum to allow the sale of liquor licenses. Additionally, any eligible voter in Bastress, Limestone, Nippenose and Piatt townships may vote in a special election for the Jersey Shore School District’s Region 3 board director.

Some polling place changes have been made this year, Adams said.

Penn Township’s voting precinct has changed to the Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Hall, 3476 Beaver Lake Road, Hughesville. Fairfield Township voting precinct has changed to Lycoming Valley Baptist Church, 4980 Lycoming Mall Drive, Montoursville.

In addition, Loyalsock Township’s 5th voting precinct has changed to Light and Life Chapel, 1680 Four Mile Drive.

Muncy Borough’s 2nd voting precinct has changed to Muncy Historical Society, 40 N. Main St.

Williamsport’s 12th voting precinct will be changed to Peter Herdic High Rise, 505 Center St., Adams said.

Adams said voters in those precincts have been notified by mail of the changes. Signs also will be posted at old polling places, she said.