Election Day within the Lehigh Valley: Stay updates

Election Day within the Lehigh Valley: Stay updates

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Election Day is below manner within the Lehigh Valley, as voters head to the polls to determine who will govern our counties, municipalities and faculty boards.

Observe the newest updates under. In search of outcomes later? Head over to mcall.com/election all through the night time.

Issues reported at Northampton County polling locations

Northampton County reported a glitch within the recording of votes within the judicial retention races of Superior Court docket  judges Jack Panella and Victor P. Stabile.

“The difficulty is proscribed to the retention of Superior Court docket judges, and is simply a problem when recording the votes for when a voter chosen a “Sure” for one candidate and a “No” for an additional candidate,” the county mentioned in a information launch.

“The (county elections workplace) notified all ballot employees by textual content message that they’re to instruct voters … that there’s a problem with the recording of their vote for the candidates for retention to the Pennsylvania Superior Court docket.”

There have been additionally reviews of voting machine failures Tuesday morning round Northampton County, together with websites in Bethlehem, Forks Township and Northampton. On the Assumption BVM Church polling website in Northampton, voters have been filling out paper ballots.

Lehigh County reported no polling place points at mid-morning.

— Daniel Patrick Sheehan

Heated college board races drawing voters

Pam Prisaznik, of South Whitehall Township, was one of many earlier voters on the Calvary Temple polling place.

Prisaznik, who votes very 12 months, mentioned it was her issues over the Parkland College Board race that introduced her out this 12 months. She mentioned she has no youngsters within the district, however thinks individuals must be extra concerned in what youngsters are studying.

“I attempt to do my due diligence,” she mentioned.

The Parkland College Board race was simply certainly one of many hotly contested college board races within the Lehigh Valley that voters have been deciding Tuesday.

23-year-old Kyle Morgan of South Whitehall Township additionally voted at Calvary Temple on Tuesday in his first off-year election.

He mentioned college board races, together with transgender points and guide bans, have been what introduced him out to the polls. He mentioned he voted Democrat.

“I’m primarily voting towards Republicans,” he mentioned. “I simply don’t like what I’m seeing from the opposite facet.”

— Chris Dornblaser

Turnout gentle as polls open

The Cetronia Fireplace Corridor in South Whitehall Township’s third District was quiet shortly after polls opened Tuesday morning. Nonetheless, a couple of individuals made their manner out to vote at that hour.

Craig Remlay mentioned there wasn’t a particular difficulty bringing him out this 12 months. He mentioned he votes yearly.

“I simply suppose it’s essential to vote,” he mentioned. “So I’m right here.”

Remlay additionally famous the dearth of individuals voting at that hour.

“If there’s no president, individuals don’t vote.”

Elizabeth Munich was among the many first few to vote on the fireplace corridor. She mentioned her pro-life views have been what introduced her out to the polls.

“That’s all the time the large factor with me,” she mentioned.

— Chris Dornblaser

The polls have opened. What that you must know

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and can keep open to eight p.m. In case you’re voting by mail and nonetheless haven’t dropped off your poll, it’s essential to achieve this earlier than polls shut Tuesday or it won’t be counted.

Along with a number of college board and municipal races, voters are also deciding on a handful of statewide judicial races, and county-level places of work together with Lehigh County commissioner, Northampton County Council and row places of work.

Northampton County voters will determine on time period limits for a few of these row officers. Time period limits are also on the poll for Decrease Saucon Township council members, whereas Allentown voters will determine if Metropolis Council members and the controller deserve pay hikes.

Right here’s what that you must know earlier than voting:

Do I want an ID to vote? In case you’re a first-time voter or going to a polling place for the primary time, you can be required to indicate ID. In case you wouldn’t have a government-issued photograph ID, you should utilize a nonphoto identification that features your title and deal with, akin to affirmation issued by the county voter registration workplace; a nonphoto authorities ID; or a present utility invoice, financial institution assertion, paycheck or authorities verify that features your title and deal with.

The place do I vote? Unsure the place your polling place is? Go to www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx and kind in your deal with. Or name your county election workplace: In Northampton, that’s 610-829-6260; in Lehigh, 610-782-3194.

The place do I drop off my mail poll? Accomplished mail ballots should be obtained by your county elections workplace by 8 p.m. Nov. 7. It’s too late to mail them, so that they should be dropped off on the elections workplace or deposited in poll assortment bins. You could drop off your individual mail poll, until you’ve stuffed out a kind designating another person to do it for you, for those who’re unable to do it your self attributable to a incapacity. In your vote to be counted, it’s essential to seal your poll within the yellow secrecy envelope, then within the white mailing envelope. The voter declaration on the white mailing envelope should be signed and dated as of the date of signing, or else it won’t be counted.

In Lehigh County, drop bins are positioned at:

  • Lehigh County Authorities Heart, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown. Open till 8 p.m.
  • Lehigh County Authority foyer, 1053 Spruce Street, Decrease Macungie Township. Open till 4:45 p.m.
  • Fountain Hill Borough constructing, 941 Lengthy St. Open till 4:30 p.m.
  • Macungie Borough constructing, 21 Locust St. Open till 4:30 p.m.
  • Whitehall Township Municipal Constructing, 3219 MacArthur Street. Open till 4 p.m.

In Northampton County, drop bins are positioned at:

  • Northampton County Courthouse, 699 Washington St., Easton. Open till 8 p.m.
  • Northampton County Human Providers Constructing, 2801 Emrick Blvd., Bethlehem Township. Open till 7 p.m.
  • Northampton County 911 Heart, 100 Gracedale Ave., Higher Nazareth Township. Open till 8 p.m.
  • Bethlehem Metropolis Corridor, 10 E. Church St. Open till 4 p.m.

I utilized for a mail poll however need to vote in individual as an alternative. Can I? In case you haven’t despatched in your mail poll, then sure. Deliver your unused poll — together with all envelopes — to your polling place and you can be allowed to vote. In case you don’t have your poll, you may nonetheless vote, however by provisional poll. In case you mailed your poll, you can not additionally vote in individual. You possibly can observe the standing of your poll at www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/ballottracking.aspx.

What’s at stake within the election?

Whereas the approaching election could lack the hype of subsequent 12 months’s presidential contest, the candidates voters select may have the facility to make an actual impression on how a lot we pay in property taxes — and the way these {dollars} are spent — together with future improvement in our cities and what our youngsters are studying at school.

Northampton County voters will determine on time period limits for a few of these row officers. Time period limits are also on the poll for Decrease Saucon Township council members, whereas Allentown voters will determine if Metropolis Council members and the controller deserve pay hikes.

Within the race for Lehigh County commissioner, Democrats Sheila Alvarado, Dan Hartzell, April Riddick and Jon Irons are dealing with Republicans Paul Moat, Rita Sisselberger, Gary Fedorcha and Jacqueline Rivera. Hartzell is the one incumbent. The commissioners oversee a $520 million finances, and in interviews candidates talked about prioritizing open house, offering social companies to county residents and their response to continued controversy over the county’s little one welfare system.

On the municipal facet, high-profile contested races embrace these for Whitehall’s subsequent mayor, Bethlehem Metropolis Council — the place for the primary time lately a full slate of Republicans is operating — and Decrease Saucon Township Council, the place continued strained relations with Hellertown are on the forefront.

Maybe probably the most hotly contested races, nonetheless, are for Lehigh Valley college boards.

Parkland, Southern Lehigh and East Penn college boards every have 10 candidates operating for 5 seats. Different crowded races embrace Saucon Valley, with 9 candidates operating for 5 seats, and Nazareth, Northern Lehigh and Whitehall-Coplay, with seven candidates on the poll.

Different county-wide races on the poll:

Along with these native races, voters are additionally deciding on a handful of statewide judicial races.

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