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Friday, April 22, 2016

Potter County: Preparations Continue For Next Tuesday’s Election

Potter County Elections/Voter Registration Director Sandy Lewis is gearing up for the Tuesday, April 26, Primary Election. Voters seeking to prepare themselves are encouraged to view sample ballots for each precinct on the Elections/Voter Registration section of the county website (click on Departments tab), pottercountypa.net. Of local interest, registered Republicans will be choosing a County Chairman as well as a committeeman and committeewoman for each voting district. The chairmanship and all committee seats have been vacant for some time. There is just one candidate running for chairman and no candidates for the committee seats. No local offices will appear on the Democratic ballot.
Both Republicans and Democrats in Potter County will have a voice in deciding party nominations for President, U.S. Senator, State Senator, U.S. Congress Member, Representative in the Pa. General Assembly, and several statewide offices. Delegates for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions will also be chosen. A statewide voter referendum that raises the mandatory retirement age of judges from the current 70 to 75 will be presented to voters. However, a recent court ruling declares that the results will be invalid and the issue will likely appear again on the November ballot. A separate referendum calls for a vote on whether the Philadelphia Traffic Court should be eliminated.
Polls will be open on April 26 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters who are not affiliated with the Republican or Democratic parties will only be able to cast ballots on the statewide referendums. Anyone with questions should call 814-274-8467.