Voters enter 13-hour window to exercise right
Voting precincts open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Tuesday’s general election.
Topping the ticket is the Pennsylvania governor’s race. Republicans Gov. Tom Corbett, 65, of Shaler and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, 45, of Bucks County face Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, 65, of York County, and his running mate, state Sen. Mike Stack, 51, of Philadelphia.
There are elections in Pennsylvania’s 18 congressional districts, half the state’s 50 Senate districts and all 203 state House seats.
Wolf and Corbett rallied supporters in the Pittsburgh region Monday in final get-out-the-vote efforts. Wolf headlined a rally with the United Steelworkers at the labor union’s Downtown headquarters. Corbett spoke alongside Republican officials at the Embassy Suites in Moon near the Pittsburgh International Airport.
On election day, city and county government offices will be open with normal hours in Allegheny County.
First-time voters, or those who intend to vote at a precinct for the first time, must bring a form of photo identification, such as driver’s license or employee identification card. Non-photo identification including the voter’s name and address are also acceptable, such as a paycheck or utility bill. Voters who have previously cast a ballot at a precinct are not required to show photo identification.
In Allegheny County, Elections Division manager Mark Wolosik expects turnout to hover around 45 percent, down from nearly 48 percent in the previous gubernatorial race in 2010, and 52 percent in 2006. He said the small number of races, and the lack of a high-profile federal one, depress turnout.
“When you have so few candidates on the ballot and it’s not presidential, it’s pretty quiet,” he said.
In 2010, turnout in Butler County nearly hit 56 percent. Bureau of Elections Director Shari Brewer said she expects fewer voters this year.
“I’d be surprised if we got 40 percent,” she said.
In Washington County, elections director Larry Spahr said he expects 45 percent turnout, compared to 48 percent in 2010 and 2006.