Polls open Tuesday

By on October 31, 2018
2018 Ephrata Area Sample Ballot

2018 Ephrata Area Sample Ballot

The final weeks of local political campaigning leading to the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election featured a star-powered D.C. visit and a raucous final debate between foes running in the 11th Congressional District.

Though some polls say the 11th Congressional District race between Democrat challenger Jess King and GOP incumbent Lloyd K. Smucker is close — including one released Tuesday conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research for ABC27 News — the GOP has an overwhelming advantage in registered voters.

Despite having a GOP voter registration advantage of about 100,000 versus Democrats, the Susquehanna poll found Smucker leading King only by 50-46 percent. The telephone survey of 311 likely voters was conducted Oct. 22 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 5.6 percent. Three percent of voters said they were undecided.

The pair debated in York Tuesday night before a crowd that was in contrast to the more subdued audience at the initial debate at Millersville on Oct. 8. The audience on Tuesday was more energized and often cheered and booed for both candidates.

Last week, Smucker hoped to get a boost in the race when Vice President Mike Pence came to town.

Pence traveled to Lancaster Airport near Lititz to participate in a campaign event for Smucker and also featured Scott Perry, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor Jeff Bartos and Representative Lou Barletta.

Bernie Sanders rallied for Jess King in Lancaster earlier this year touting her and her supporters as essential parts of his “political revolution.”

There appears to be much energy from voters in the mid-term election judging by the increase in requests for absentee ballots.

As of Tuesday morning, the Lancaster County Board of Elections and Registration Commission reported it issued more than twice the number of absentee ballots than it did four years ago.

Tuesday was the deadline to apply for a regular civilian absentee ballot, said Randall O. Wenger, LCBER chief clerk and chief registrar.

Wenger said he expects high turnout on Tuesday compared to the last mid-term election.

“We anticipate the increased level of interest will result in turnout exceeding the 45.68 percent turnout we had for the 2014 General Election.

The long-term weather forecast for Election Day when polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., calls for a high of 62 degrees and p.m. showers.

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