Party heads are trying to rally their loyal voters for the Nov. 5 municipal election, during which the voter turnout isn't expected to break any records.

York's turnout for the last off-year election, in 2011, was a dismal 14.56 percent. County elections director Nikki Suchanic said she's hoping to see slightly higher returns Tuesday, with 15 percent of the county's 268,268 [cka: cq: ]registered voters showing up to cast a ballot.

At least one factor could give the number a slight boost, if only on account of the math. This year, Suchanic's office purged the rolls of about 12,000 voters who had been inactive for several years, she said.

Final registration going into the election is 96,453 Democrats and 130,769 Republicans, and 39,012 independent or third-party voters, including 2,034 Libertarian.

Kefauver
Kefauver

Low numbers: Despite the best efforts of the county's Republican committee, Chairman Bob Wilson said he suspects turnout will be lower than Suchanic's estimate.

"We need people to partake in their duty, and this is their opportunity to cast a ballot on the offices that will affect them most, the local townships and school boards, councils and mayors," he said. "Although some races are not contested, you still have to go out and do your duty to make sure your candidate makes it across the finish line."

There's always the chance someone could stage a write-in campaign, he said.

"If people don't come out and vote, those who are actively taking a stand may actually win," he said.

And while much of the sport might have already been beaten out of York County's races during the spring primary, there are still state judge races for which voters need to turn out, he said.

Democratic chair Bob Kefauver said there are two key reasons turnout drops in the odd-numbered years.

"Most voters don't fully appreciate the impact that local elected officials have on our day-to-day lives," he said. "And as a result there are fewer candidates from either party and fewer competitive races .

Wilson
Wilson
.. and fewer reasons to show up at the polls in the minds of the voters."

No competition: Most county-level positions were already determined in the primary, and only one candidate remains on the ballot.

Incumbent Tom Kearney is alone on the ballot for district attorney, as are Robb Green for controller and Randi Reisinger for recorder of deeds. The coroner race is the only row office seat that's contested.

Most district judge seats have essentially been decided after the candidates won both the Democratic and Republican slots on the ballots after cross-filing in the primary.

District Judge Ronald Haskell Jr. faces no competition in the race for District 19-1-04, covering York City, and neither does Jeffrey Oberdorf in the race for District 19-2-04, covering Manchester Township, or Robert Eckenrode in the race for District 19-3-11, a new district covering Hallam, Manchester, Mount Wolf, Wrightsville, and East Manchester and Hellam townships.

- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.