Put the confusion behind and vote in Tuesday’s primary election

There’s more than the usual amount of confusion surrounding this year’s primary election Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

With four other states – North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia – having primaries last Tuesday, people were calling the Lycoming County voter services office to inquire about voting last week.

Additionally, with a belated, court-ordered redistricting map for Pennsylvania, some voters in the region saw a switch in candidates to consider in the past six weeks and some candidates are campaigning in districts different from what they thought would be their jurisdictions as late as March.

Add to that the usual potpourri of contested and uncontested races for party nominations, some filled with unfamiliar faces, and there are plenty of reasons to not vote in Tuesday’s election.

Except for the fact that there are contested party races for governor, Congress and the state Legislature on Tuesday’s ballot.

Consider also that the belated change in district maps gives voters in parts of our region a fresh decision to make on party nomination candidates.

We don’t approve of the politicized, short notice voters and candidates have been given regarding the legislative map changes.

There should have been an orderly, panel-driven process fueling the actual redistricting and the new maps should have been applied to the 2020 elections.

But it’s too late for that now.

Candidates need to campaign – and they have – and voters need to vote.

And they should.

If voters of the two major political parties will examine their ballot, they will find reasons to vote Tuesday.

If they still need inspiration, they can start with the reality that what they are doing is denied, or at the very least politically fooled with, in much of the rest of the world.

Moreover, blood has been shed and people have died to ensure and preserve this right of freedom we call voting.

We should never, ever forget that. Tuesday is a chance to show we have not.

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