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One vote can make a difference in local elections

Updated: Wednesday, November 6 2013, 09:42 AM EST

By: WJAC Web Staff and Lindsay Ward

Though local elections historically attract a lower voter turnout than national elections, voters in the region said one ballot cast on Tuesday can make a difference.

"There's people running for mayor. There's people running for council. There's people running for judge of elections. And these are people in your neighborhood or in your region," said Anne Hensel, Westmont Borough No. 2 Judge of Elections.

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The polls opened up at 7 a.m. Tuesday and soon after, workers said there was a surprisingly steady flow of people.

"We are a very active precinct and usually have a very good turnout, regardless of what the papers might be expecting," Hensel said.

Though local elections don't usually get a high turnout, voters said that shouldn't change how important today is.

"One vote may seem just like one vote ... But everyone would just come out and says how they feel about something, and votes the way they should then it adds up it becomes a very important issue," said Denise Greco, a voter.

People who did head to the polls were asked if they had identification.

"This is something they're calling a 'soft rollout' where we are required to ask you, but you're not required to show it," Hensel said.

There are a number of local races drawing interest in the region: four seats on Johnstown City Council and a key mayoral race in State College. Across the state, Pennsylvania voters will also be choosing new mayor in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. There is only one statewide race contested today for a seat on Superior Court, but at least four appellate judges are up for retention.

One vote can make a difference in local elections

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