By Walt Frank
Unseasonably sunny, warm weather may help voter turnout exceed the predicted 20 to 25 percent expected to cast their ballots in Tuesday's general election.
Contested races for county commissioner, district attorney and judge were bringing voters to the polls in Bedford County.
"We are seeing a heavy turnout. I truly think we will have 40 to 50 percent. It is a gorgeous day," said Peg Koenig, director of elections.
Voter turnout was described as light but steady by campaign workers outside the Frankstown Township municipal building.
Many of those turning out to vote were regular voters.
"I am always a voter, it is my patriotic duty, I want to have my say into what happens. It is a privilege and I take the duty seriously. It is important to have your voice heard," Joe Piacentini said.
"I always vote, I have never missed a vote since I was 18 and I am 70 now," Pat Smith said.
Pat Miles said he likes to have a voice and always vote.
"I always just like to keep up with local government," he said.
A.C. Stickel, Blair County Republican party chairman, said the Hollidaysburg Area school board race and tax collector race in Logan Township was bringing out some voters but things were slow in Altoona.
"We are hoping to get 20 percent but we will be lucky," Stickel said.
Turnout also may exceed expectations in Cambria County.
"Turnout has been higher in the northern part of the county than the southern part. It is a real nice day," said Fred Smith, election director. "We had the standard people who turn out early, we expect to see people in and out all day and there aren't any lines."
A contested race for county commissioner, with four candidates on the ballot and two conducting write-in campaigns, was bringing voters out in Huntingdon County.
"I would say it is an average turnout for a municipal election," said Lori Foster, assistant election coordinator.
Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.