Getting Out The Vote

The November general election may not feature any high-profile state or federal races, but officials would still like people to register and vote.

The last day to register for the Nov. 5 general election is Monday, Oct. 7.

“With such important issues facing our community, there has never been a more important time for all of us to stand up for what matters most to us,” Warren County League of Women Voters President Phyllis Wright said. “Celebrate our Constitution and our uniquely amazing democracy by pledging to vote, and asking your friends and family to vote, on Nov. 5.”

In the primary election in May, only 4,793 (16.4 percent) of the 29,276 registered Warren County voters turned out.

The League is working to find “new ways to engage voters and encourage active citizenship,” according to Michelle Gray.

“I challenge anyone who has not yet registered to vote or updated their registration since their last move to celebrate the civic milestone of Constitution Day by doing so,” Wright said. “We have local elections this fall. We’ll elect those who will make decisions about our local economy, education and health care. Voting is a chance for all of us, especially new voters, to get involved and make our voices heard.”

“The League will be out in full force this election season, with special voter registration opportunities in the county schools,” Gray said.

The league will visit all five of the county’s public high schools through Sept. 27.

Jane Dunshie has orchestrated the assignment of volunteers who will provide information and registration forms to high school students. “We are fortunate that volunteers from the Warren/Forest Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees as well as others have joined with us,” Dunshie said.

For more information about how to join the Warren County League of Women Voters or about their upcoming events, visit www.lwvwc.org.

Races and candidates

There is one statewide race. It is between Republican Vic Stabile and Democrat Jack McVay Jr. for a seat on Superior Court.

Statewide retention votes will be cast on Max Baer and Ronald D. Castille – Supreme Court – and Susan Peikes Gantman and Jack Panella – Superior Court.

There are three county positions up for re-election – Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts, District Attorney, and Coroner. There is only one candidate on the ballot for each position.

There are uncontested races for five seats over all three regions of the Warren County School District board of directors.

At the municipal level, there are many seats to be filled and many different candidates to choose among.

In races where there is no candidate on the ballot, the person who receives the most write-in votes will win.

Absentee ballots

Absentee ballots will be available soon. Those looking to apply for one should contact Warren County Voter Registrar Lisa Zuck at the courthouse.

The last day to apply for a ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 29. The last day to return an absentee ballot is Friday, Nov. 1.

Those who are on the permanent absentee ballot list should have already received their ballot applications. Those who have not should contact Zuck at 728-3406. The permanent standing must be renewed every four years.

Voter ID

Poll workers may ask voters to show identification.

“If you can’t produce ID, you will be given the Voter ID form,” Zuck said. The form details the requirements in the Voter ID law – that is currently not in effect and how those without one of the acceptable forms of identification can go about getting a voting ID card.

Zuck said the injunction in place against the law prevents poll workers from telling voters they will need identification the next time they vote.

Those who are voting for the first time in a given precinct will be required to show identification.

Write-in candidates

Anyone who is interested in mounting a write-in campaign is asked to contact Zuck. Although not required, sending a letter including name variations gives the board of elections an easy way to approve write-ins that are misspelled.

Poll workers

“I’m very likely going to have vacancies,” Zuck said.

Poll workers are paid. Training is also paid. Although there is no guarantee a poll worker will be able to work within their voting precinct, Zuck said she tries to arrange that.

Students who are at least 17 may work at the polls. Compensation for students is $100 for a full day (14 hours) or $50 for a six-hour morning or afternoon shift.