It's all up to the voters
The candidates have had ample time to convey their messages. The Northumberland County Board of Elections has made all the necessary preparations.
Now it's up to the voters.
There are 53,446 county residents who are eligible to vote, but if this election follows historical trends, participation will likely remain in the low-to-moderate range. Turnout in municipal elections is generally only between 15 to 20 percent of registered voters, but Alisha Herb, county director of elections, is hoping the interest that has been generated for some races will increase the percentage this year.
Voters today will weigh in on a state appellate court race, state judicial retention votes and county row offices, municipal offices and local school board races.
Herb spent most of Monday making sure there are a sufficient number of election board workers to staff all 94 polling places in the county. Because of poll workers' illnesses and other emergencies, it is sometimes necessary to recruit helpers at the last minute, Herb explained. A court order allowing for substitute poll workers gives the office the necessary authority to fill slots on local election boards so voters can be adequately served.
Voting machines were moved to the respective polling places last week, and supply boxes were given out Friday to judges of election for each voting precinct.
Effective with the 2014 spring primary, the number of polling places in the county will be reduced to 74.
Herb said the elections office was busy today fielding calls from people asking if they are registered to vote and for the location of their polling place.
Local election boards have been instructed to ask voters for photo identification, Herb said; however, voters are not required to provide it for this election.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.