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Voters scarce in Pennsylvania primary election

Voters scarce in Pennsylvania primary...

Poll watchers say turnout is extremely low on primary election day, despite voters in Allentown deciding whether their mayor gets to keep his job.

Lehigh County Election Director Tim Benyo said the voter turnout was low Tuesday morning and it hasn't changed during the afternoon.

"I have no indication that it has picked up at all since this morning," he said.

There were no lines at the Lehigh County Government Center, which is also a polling place for the primary, a big difference from last year during the presidential election.

"It seems so slow because last year was so busy," said Benyo.

He said one reason could be a lot of political activity happening in Washington, D.C. lately. Instead of voters being more involved and showing up, he said they could be turned off by recent events.

Voters who do go to the polls are deciding the race involving the current mayor of Allentown, Ed Pawlowski. He is being challenged by six fellow Democrats. Two candidates are fighting for the Republican side.

Benyo said he is hoping more people head to the polls Tuesday evening.

"We're hoping we still get close to 15 percent," he said. "Our next surge in voters would be around 5 or 6 after people get off work before dinner."

The polls close at 8 p.m.

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