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Big Ballot, More Voters in Lackawanna County Primary

Posted on: 6:22 pm, May 8, 2013, by , updated on: 07:19pm, May 8, 2013

Voters in Lackawanna County may want to pay attention to the fine print on Primary Election Day.

There are several questions on the ballot this year that all voters in Lackawanna County, including Independents, will be able to vote on.

Employees with the Lackawanna County Board of Elections went one by one through a sea of electronic voting machines that will head out to polling places in less than two weeks.

The machines will scan both sides of the ballot this time. It’s chock full of races and ballot questions that could change Lackawanna County government.

Marion Medalis runs the Lackawanna County Board of Elections, she said it’s rare to have five ballot questions during a primary that’s usually reserved for Democrats and Republicans.

“I believe most Independent voters believe that they cannot vote, and hopefully with a little bit of education, they will realize that they are able to come out and vote,” said Medalis.

Medalis called this year’s ballot “complicated”. There are questions about eliminating county row offices and creating a government study commission.

Medalis is afraid voters may misunderstand the crowded ballot and independent voters could miss it all together.

Chuck Volpe is the man behind “Fix Lackawanna”, the campaign supporting the government study commission. Volpe wants to see a change in the form of government in Lackawanna County.

He’s targetting those independent voters.

“We have four scheduled direct mail pieces to all likely voters, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. We’ve identified about 12,000 likely voter Independents that we’re trying to bring out,” said Volpe.

All voters will need to remember to flip over the ballot on Primary Election Day. The ballot questions are on the back side, and include questions from the commissioners about eliminating some county row offices.

“People will have the opportunity to flip it over, and my advice to everybody is just to read the questions and know what you’re voting on. At the end of the day it’s going to be up to the voters to decide what’s going to be happening in government,” said Lackawanna County Commissioner Jim Wansacz.

Primary Election Day is May 21.

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