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Routine election expected locally

Blair introducing three new polling locations

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Today’s primary should be fairly routine in Blair County, based on the phone calls coming into the county elections office.

“The amount of calls has been pretty normal,” Director of Elections Sarah Seymour said Monday. “And the questions are mostly ‘Am I registered?’ and ‘Where’s my polling place?'”

In today’s primary, where voters in the Republican and Democratic parties select their nominees to run in the November election, the main focus will be on the contested statewide elections for a U.S. Senate seat and for the governor and lieutenant governor seats.

Blair County voters are also casting ballots in favor of nominees for state House and Senate seats and political party committees.

Based on the 2018 primary when voters were considering candidates for those seats, 34.4 percent of the registered Republicans and 18.9 percent of the registered Democrats showed up to vote.

This year’s competition to fill the seat being vacated by Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey may or may not be a contributing factor in the county’s final voter turnout percentages.

Nice weather can be an influencing factor too, Seymour said.

For today’s primary, the county received 6,492 requests for mailed ballots, about 1,400 more than requested a year ago.

The county commissioners — as the county’s board of elections — are convening today at the highway yard to begin processing 2,174 ballots that were mailed or presented in time to be included in tonight’s vote totals.

The remainder of the ballots submitted by mail or in person are to be counted on Wednesday and will be added to the county’s ballots.

Mail or absentee ballots can be dropped off at the elections office from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Blair County Highway Yard, 279 Loop Road, Hollidaysburg.

The county is using three new voting locations today.

Voters in Altoona’s 6th Ward, 4th Precinct, who last voted at the Jaggard United Methodist Church, will vote at The Mill, 2400 Eighth Ave., the former silk mill that’s been renovated for retail, restaurant, office and residential use.

Voters in Hollidaysburg Ward 1, who last voted at the courthouse, will be voting at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, 1 Furnace Road.

Voters in Hollidaysburg Ward 2, who last voted at the courthouse, will be voting at the Blair Regional YMCA, 1111 Hewitt St.

The courthouse, which used to be closed on election days, will be open today 17 based on a change in the county’s calendar, thereby requiring the voting precincts to be moved.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 814-946-7456.

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