The shape of the general election will be determined by several judicial, municipal and school board are races in today’s primary.
In Pennsylvania, candidates are permitted to cross-file on both the Democratic and Republican ballots for judge and school board, offering candidates the chance to win both party nominations for the November election.
Although it is rare, a candidate securing both party nominations through the primary could still be contested by a third party or individual.
There are also scattered primaries on both the Republican and Democratic sides for municipal offices in the 73 townships, boroughs and city (Coatesville) in Chester County.
“Typically on a primary, in an odd election year, we expect voter turnout to be between 15 to 20 percent,” said Val DiGiorgio, chairman of the Chester County Republican Committee. “We do everything we can to get out all the Republicans we can.”
“As with every primary it is usually the faithful voters who come out to vote,” said Michelle Vaughn, chairwoman of the county’s Democratic Committee. “I anticipate we are going to have a good turnout for (Common Pleas), along with our school board candidates. There’s been a lot of energy and enthusiasm and in the primary I think there’s an opportunity for “Democratic) candidates to win on both ballots.”
According to the forecast produced by the National Weather Service, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 2 and 3 p.m. Bad weather usually suppresses turnout.