SANATOGA PA – Today (Tuesday, May 20, 2014) is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania.
Township office closed
The Lower Pottsgrove Township offices at 2199 Buchert Rd. will be closed today, although the building itself – which serves as one of four township polling places – will be open to voters. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Normal business hours for the township will resume Wednesday (May 21) at 8 a.m.
Who can vote, and for which candidates?
Pennsylvania has a closed primary, meaning voters can vote only for their own party’s nominees. In Montgomery County, primaries will be conducted for both the Democratic and Republican parties. Residents who are affiliated with either party and who were registered to vote with the county Board of Elections as of April 21 may cast ballots.
Local registered voters generally will select nominees for governor and lieutenant governor, as well as for their district’s Congressional representatives, and members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and state Senate. Each party also asks voters to select members of their state and local committees.
The county Board of Voter Services reports there are 251,301 registered Democrats, and 207,737 registered Republicans on its rolls as of that date, representing 84 percent of all 543,591 registered voters. It also reports Lower Pottsgrove is home to 3,232 Republicans and 3,164 Democrats, also representing 84 percent of all its 7,605 registered voters.
A sample Republican ballot (this one is for Lower Pottsgrove District 1) appears below:
A sample Democrat ballot (this one for Lower Pottsgrove District 3) appears below:
Lower Pottsgrove polling places
No changes in polling places in Lower Pottsgrove have occurred since the last election. Polls are located at:
- District 1, Ringing Hill Fire Company, Social Room, 815 White Pine Ln., Pottstown;
- District 2, Berean Bible Church, 2675 E. High St., Sanatoga;
- District 3, Wesleyan Christian Church, 1301 Hilltop Rd., Pottstown; and
- District 4, Lower Pottsgrove Township Building, 2199 Buchert Rd., Pottstown.
Voters must cast ballots at their assigned polling places unless previously authorized to do so elsewhere (by mail, for example). Voters who are unsure of their polling place can use the county’s web-based locator, here, by entering their last and first names and date of birth.
Is voter ID required?
Those who are first-time voters, or who are voting at a new polling place, are required by state law to show a photo identification to poll workers. All other voters do NOT need to show identification; the state’s hotly contended voter ID law was struck down earlier this year in a lawsuit, and the state has indicated it will not challenge the decision.
Ballots from Montgomery County Voter Services; photo from Google Images