Tuesday’s Voter Participation Exceeded 2019 Primary

NORRISTOWN PA – Slightly more than 27 percent of registered Montgomery County voters turned out for Tuesday’s (May 18, 2021) municipal primary elections, the county Voter Services election results website reported Wednesday (May 19) at 1:15 a.m. That’s up from 18.03 percent from the 2019 primary, according to archived voter participation statistics for that year.

All totals are unofficial until certified by the county Board of Elections.

In its Wednesday summary the county said it counted a total of 161,780 so far. Of those, it received 56,753 mail-in ballots, of which 55,584 are already counted; 106,196 in-person ballots, and no provisional ballots.

The increase difference-maker in this primary, experts suggest, is that registered voters with no claimed party affiliation were allowed to decide on any one of, or all four, state ballot questions. They dealt with the length of emergency declarations, expirations for emergency declarations, banning racism in the state constitution, and allowing municipal emergency services to borrow money for equipment purchases.

Non-party voters were excluded from casting ballots on prospective political party candidates.

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