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Campaigns wind down as polls open

Today’s election is expected to result in a record-breaking number of votes cast as people across the nation decide who will be the next U.S. President.

Polls in the state will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

However, many people have already voted by mail-in or absentee ballots.

As of Monday, voters had cast more than 94 million ballots in the nation ahead of Election Day, according to the U.S. Elections Project.

That figure represents more than 68 percent total votes counted in 2016.

For Pennsylvania, the deadline to receive mail-in ballots has been extended to Nov. 6

Once again, Lycoming County is showing a majority of voters registered as Republicans, according to county voter registration statistics.

Of the 73,766 registered voters, 42,871 are Republicans and 20,996 are Democrats.

Another 9,899 are listed as other voters.

All municipalities with the exception of the city of Williamsport show a majority of Republican voters.

Williamsport has 6,954 people registered as Democrats and 5,970 as Republicans. Another 2,705 are registered as other voters.

Presidential elections normally bring out higher numbers of voters to the polls.

However, weather conditions can often determine the turnout as well.

The weather for today calls for partly sunny skies with a high of 53 degrees.

The number of wards in the Williamsport has been reduced from 17 to 13 by court order.

The new polling places are listed as follows:

• Ward 1 Third Street United Methodist Church, 931 E Third St.

• Ward 2 Lycoming College Recreation Center, 508 Mulberry St.

• Ward 3 William Hepburn Apartments, 400 Lycoming St.

• Ward 4 Monsignor Fleming Parish Center, 720 W Fourth St.

• Ward 5 West End Christian Community Center, 901 Diamond St.

• Ward 6 West End Christian Community Center, 901 Diamond St.

• Ward 7 Lycoming Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 825 Arch St.

• Ward 8 St Paul Cavalry United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Ave.

• Ward 9 Central Baptist Church, 601 7th Ave.

• Ward 10 Peter Herdic High Rise, 505 Center St.

• Ward 11 Ohev Sholom Synagogue, 1501 Cherry St.

• Ward 12 First United Methodist Church (North Campus), 1157 Market St.

• Ward 13 First Church of Christ, 1250 Almond St.

The county board of elections has permanently changed the polling place for Loyalsock Township 2nd Precinct, effective with today’s election.

The new polling place for the 2nd Precinct is STEP Loyalsock Center for Healthy Aging, 1607 Four Mile Drive.

Despite some information to the contrary, St. Ann’s Church in Loyalsock Township is not a polling place in this election.

The new polling place for Lycoming Township is Fairlawn Community Church, 353 Pleasant Hill Road.

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