Pa. primary voter turnout reported to be low around region

Pa. primary voter turnout reported to be low around region

Now... back to the Pennsylvania primary. Voters are picking a Democratic candidate for governor... and weighing in on several congressional races. >>rob vaughn: Even so.. it looks like they're not exactly "packing 'em in" at the polls. WFMZ's Will Lewis is at a polling place in Bethlehem.>> Here at this Northampton County precinct workers are hoping to get over 100 voters by the end of the night. One clerk in Lehigh County tells us the lack of contested races is a big reason for low turnout.>>REPORTER: This voting machine is not on at the Lehigh county election board office, but there are plenty ready to record your vote. And some people are using them. >> nancy holihan, allentown resident. :48 - 53 "There weren't many things to choose from but i still feel like i need to give my opinion." >> larry hilliard, allentown resident 2:29 - 38 "I've voted every election i possibly could except for when i was at sea in the Navy and in the hospital once. So clear back to '64 with Barry Goldwater." >> reporter: While some are taking full adv antage of their right to vote. County leaders know non-presidential elections mean a lot fewer people at the polls. >> tim benyo, chief clerk, lehigh county election board 14:08:30 - 38 "The parties try to get the people out.We do everything we can to facilitate the people to get out to the polls but it doesn't happen." >> reporter: Some polling places may not even get 100 people. District 3 in Lehigh county on ly had 32 people at 2:30 this afternoon. But the people who do vote in the primary will be the few deciding who will be on the ballot in November. >> benyo 14:08:05 - 13 "These are the races t hat are very important to the local elections.That affe ct the local people more than they would realize." >> reporter: And there is still a chance for you to have your voice heard as well. >> hilliard 3:19 - 24 "Defend your rights.If you don't exercise them you don't get to keep them." >> The polls close at 8 and a lot of workers are hoping that as people leave work. They will get a little busier.

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