Tuesday is the day for primary elections in Pennsylvania and many seats are up for the taking, including the 1st District’s congressional seat, currently held by Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.
Both democrats and republicans have to choose between candidates with some big differences. Rachel Reddick, Steve Bacher, and Scott Wallace are on the ballot as democratic candidates while Dean Malik and Brian Fitzpatrick are vying for the republican spot.
Despite the contention between the candidates and the differences between them, this year is what is referred to as an “off-year.” Less people turn out for years when there is no presidential election.
In some areas like Fairless Hills, turnout at polling stations has been rather slow. Veteran Dave Parker who is at Pennsbury West High School campaigning for Dean Malik noted a small amount of people coming out to vote.
“It’s low today,” Parker said. “I hope that picks up throughout the day. Going into the dinner hour, people get off work. We have up until 8 P.M.”
However, at the Solebury Township municipal building, candidate Steve Bacher reported there has been a steady flow of people coming into vote.
“I think we’re up to about six hundred people who have voted here so far,” Bacher said. “The special election is going on here to fill the legislative seat, so I think that’s an added spurt to turnout.”
Rachel Reddick also told WBCB she was seeing large numbers of people coming out to vote.
“I think it’s been pretty well. I think we are having a fairly higher than normal turnout. It’s really exciting,” Reddick said. “Of course it’s also a beautiful day.”
WBCB will have all the latest information on the election. Stay tuned to WBCB 1490 AM on the radio dial throughout the evening for updates from the candidates themselves and their campaigns.