Primary election off to a slow start in Allentown

Written by on May 18, 2021

Primary election off to a slow start in Allentown

By Ben Stemrich

May 18, 2021

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Polls across the state opened at 7 a.m., and Allentown voters have some big decisions to make with races like city council and mayor on the ballot. 

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At about 11:30 a.m., the vote count was around 30 with a few people coming and going at Christ Lutheran Church at 13th and Hamilton streets in Allentown.

Poll worker Susan Samuel says it’s a low turnout, but that’s expected.

“We’re probably anticipating towards the evening for it to increase. Compared to last year when it was done, we had over 500,” Samuel says.

Some voters like Marla Duran have specific local issues they want to see addressed.

“I know they tried to revitalize downtown several times, it just hasn’t really seemed to take hold and that’s a bit of a disappointment,” Duran says.

But it’s not only local issues on the ballot, which is why Jason Madison came out.

“I was considering less of the local stuff and more of the constitutional amendment changes,” Madison says.

There are five different polling places at the Agricultural Hall at the Allentown Fairgrounds where, outside, there were about 20 people stumping for candidates.

Voter Mary Broadhurst is used to it from past elections.

“I worked at the polls in the past few years so I saw a lot of that, and there were rules,” Broadhurst says, “I always took a tape measure along to make sure they were keeping the proper distance.”

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