A good day to VOTE

The National Weather Service is predicting a cool and sunny Election Day Tuesday as area voters make their ways to the polls to decide a number of local races.

Meteorologist Kevin Fitzgerald, of the State College-based weather service, reported that Tuesday should see a few clouds but, for the most part, will be mostly sunny with a high temperature in the low 50s.

Polls will be open for voters from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The day will feature a number of races in the county, including county sheriff with incumbent Mark Lusk taking on Hugh E. McGee.

Williamsport City Council also will see three current members seeking re-election. Incumbents Randall J. Allison, N. Clifford “Skip” Smith and Liz Miele will be on the ballot with challengers Kelly Anderson, Alison Hirsch and Scott Miller.

Three county boroughs will see mayor races – Kimberly A. DiRocco (R) and John Dorin (D) for mayor; Jonathan Ort (R) and Elizabeth Preston (D) for Muncy; and Andrew Onufrak II (R) and Perry Shoemaker (D) for Montgomery.

For borough councils, Hughesville, Montgomery and South Williamsport will see contests. And Eldred, Jackson, Jordan, Loyalsock, Moreland and Old Lycoming townships all have supervisor seats up for grabs.

Williamsport Area and Montoursville Area school boards also will have active races Tuesday.

First-time voters are reminded that they will be required to present an acceptable form of identification at polling places.

According to a recent Sun-Gazette report, approved forms of ID include: a Pennsylvania driver’s license or identification card issued by the state Department of Transportation, identification issued by any state or U.S. agency, U.S. passport or Armed Forces identification, student and employee identification.

Voters also may use non-photo identification, as long as it includes the voter’s name and address. This list includes: a voter’s identification card issued by the voter registration commission, non-photo identification issued by the state or U.S. government, firearm permit, most recent utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check.

Tuesday’s weather will be warmer than what is expected today, as temperatures only are expected to reach the mid-40s. The temperature will continue to rise to 60 Wednesday before a cold front enters the area and brings showers.

This after the area received just under a half an inch of rain Thursday and Friday last week. Although there isn’t reason for concern, Fitzgerald said the area is about 8.38 inches below normal for rain this year.

He added that this week’s weather is about what the area experiences each year around this time.