York countians head to polls on Tuesday


FYI, York County: There's an election on Tuesday, and who wins could have a large effect on your life.

Some will dictate which roads are fixed while others will decide which books children use in school.

Voters in nearly every part of the county will elect township supervisors or borough council members, school board members, tax collectors and others.

Every ballot will feature races for county commissioner and Court of Common Pleas, as well as the statewide races for the state Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth courts.

The county row offices of treasurer, prothonotary, sheriff, clerk of courts and register of wills/clerk of orphan's court will also be on the ballot, but those races are uncontested. That means unless someone launches a successful write-in campaign, the incumbents will be re-elected.

Turnout: Despite so many offices on the ballot, turnout tomorrow is expected to be low.

Nikki Suchanic, head of the county elections and voter registration office, previously projected turnout will hover around 18 or 19 percent.

More than 270,240 York County voters registered in time for the November election, according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Of those, 96,318 are registered Democrats, 131,110 are Republican, and 42,816 were either registered with another party or not affiliated with any party, the data shows.

The county's 159 polls in the county are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. To find your polling place, click here and click "Where's my polling place?

Top reasons: The York Dispatch asked the heads of the Democratic Party of York County and the York County Republican Committee to list three reasons why people should head to the polls on Tuesday.

Here are their answers:

Chad Baker, Democrat:

•— With the extra hour of sleep you are getting on Sunday, you will be refreshed and energized to work your index finger on the screens at the polling place!

•— The only off-year election is the one you don't vote in. Make your voice heard.

•— In all seriousness, the outcome of this election, especially with regard to the state appellate court races, will determine the outcome of the presidential, congressional and state races for years to come.

•The state courts decide on issues such as voter ID and deciding how boundaries are drawn for state legislative districts. If you think there is gridlock in Harrisburg and Washington D.C. now, wait until you see how worse it can be if we elect Republicans to the state Supreme Court.

Alex Shorb, GOP:

•— The state Supreme Court will elect three justices to its seven-member court. This is the first time this has occurred since 1704.

•— These are the local races that impact peoples' lives the most.

•— It's a great opportunity to get out of the house and interact with neighbors and committee people.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.