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Voters trickled in to polling places in Pennsylvania Tuesday for the Commonwealth’s primary election. About a 20 percent turnout is expected.
Workers are still encouraging voters to show their identification in anticipation of a ruling on a law that would require a photo I.D. to vote in Pennsylvania.
“It’s the court case that essentially has put us in a situation where we are continuing the soft roll-out,” said Mercer County Elections Director Jeff Greenburg. “So, we’re trying to keep the outreach going to voters in order to minimize the potential confusion if the law is eventually upheld.”
Although lawmakers approved the changes last year, the measure’s been delayed by a number of lawsuits. Greenburg believes it could be another year before the law can actually be enacted.
“The case is in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania,” said Greenburg. “There’s a hearing scheduled for July 15, and the court will determine whether the law will be upheld moving forward or whether it will be turned away.”
On the ballot are a number of local government and school board contests. Voters in Mercer County will be choosing nominees for Common Pleas Judge.
Polls close at 8 p.m.