What you need to know about Tuesday's Pa. primary

Greg Gross

The race for president is undoubtedly the most watched contest this election season and will be the main draw for voters as they head to the polls for the Pennsylvania primary on Tuesday.

On the Democratic side,  Hillary Clinton faces Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. On the Republican ticket, voters will see Ohio Gov. John KasichTexas Sen. Ted Cruz and front-runner billionaire businessman Donald Trump.

GOPers Ben Carson, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio will remain on the ballot even though they've dropped out of the race.

But there are also numerous down ballot races.

York's political parties gear up for primary

Congress: York County native John Fetterman is competing against Katie McGinty, a former top aide to Gov. Tom Wolf, and former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak. The winner will meet incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in the Nov. 8 election.

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry is running unopposed to retain his seat in the 4th Congressional District.

State offices: Republicans will decide between Joe Peters and state Sen. Joe Rafferty in the race for state attorney general. On the Democratic side, Josh Shapiro, John Morganelli and Stephen Zappala Jr. are seeking to be the state's top cop.

The races for state auditor general, the post currently held by West Manchester Township resident Eugene DePasquale, and treasurer are not contested in the primary.

Three Republicans are running in the 92nd House District, which includes a large swath of northern York County, from Fairview Township in the north to Washington Township in the south. It also includes Monroe Township in Cumberland County. They are Dawn Keefer, 43, of Franklin TownshipAnthony Pugliese, 29, of Fairview Township, and Kraig Bruder, 29, Newberry Township.

Four Republican are running for the 31st Senate District, which includes an area that stretches from Fairview Township in the north to Jackson Township in the south as well as a large area of Cumberland County. They are state Rep. Mike Reganex-NFLer Jon RitchieCamp Hill-area dentist Brice Arndt  and Scott Harper, an attorney from Washington Township.

Delegates: Voters will also elect delegates to each party's convention, both of which will be held in July. Each congressional district in the state elects three GOP delegates, and in the 4th Congressional District, 15 people are vying to be a delegate. On the Democratic side, voters will select an equal number of men and woman to make up the district's six-member delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Pa. primary voters could decide judge retirement age

Referendum: Voters will also see two referendum questions to amend the state constitution on the ballot, but their votes will only count in one of them.

The General Assembly approved a resolution to move the ballot question of increasing the mandatory retirement age of judges from 70 to 75 to the November election. However, that question will remain on the primary ballot because the Legislature's action happened too close to the primary, costing the state $1.3 million it had already spent to advertise the question in newspapers.

A second question asks voters whether to dissolve the Philadelphia traffic court. The court hasn't been operating for a few years after its duties were handed over to the Philadelphia Municipal Court.

Where and when to vote: The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m.

Election officials are anticipating high turnout because of the presidential election.

To find your polling place, go yorkcountypa.gov/voting-elections/polling-places. And to view sample ballots, go to yorkcountypa.gov/voting-elections/2016-elec-info.

Once the polls close, the Democratic Party of York County and the York County Republican Committee will host viewing parties and celebrations.

The GOP event starts at 8 p.m. and will be held at the Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road in West Manchester Township.

The Democrats' party will also start at 8 p.m. but will be held at the Holy Hound Taproom, 57 W. Market St. in York City.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.

Protecting elections

Election Protection will have staff available to assist voters during and before the Tuesday primary.

The nonprofit voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, works to ensure all voters have the opportunity to cast ballots and can provide them with information, guidance and assistance, according to an Election Protection news release.

Voters who encounter problems can call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Election Day for assistance.

For more information about Election Protection, go to 866ourvote.org.