Voter turn-out in Northampton County is surprisingly high, especially for a primary

Written by on May 19, 2021

Voter turn-out in Northampton County is surprisingly high, especially for a primary

By Tyler Pratt

May 19, 2021

Cassandra Thompson votes at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Cleveland. Early voting began Tuesday in Ohio’s March 6 presidential primary. Early in-person voting is set to continue until March 2, the Friday before the election. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

As of early this morning, Northampton County voter turnout was almost double that of recent primary elections, in no small part due to mail-in ballots. 

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And the number of in-person votes rose substantially too.

At several polling locations across Northampton County on May 18, campaign volunteers and voters commented that the number of people casting ballots in person felt low. 

Easton Poll Worker Kevin Rupert stressed he felt this election was important, especially with the referendums 

“There is a lot at stake. The four constitutional questions altering the constitution is a really big deal,” Rupert says. 

But when the polls closed at 8 p.m. and the numbers started rolling in, it turns out many people had chosen to vote by mail. More than 15,000 which, while it’s aA much lower number than in the two pandemic elections of 2020, it was a large first for a county municipal primary. 

Mail in voting wasn’t an option in Pennsylvania until the end of 2019.

And a lot of people — nearly 30,000 — ended up voting in person on primary election day, the most to show up at the polls for a local primary in Northampton County since 2011. 

In the last local primary two years ago, more than 23,000 people voted. This year, that number shot up to nearly 45,000, according to the unofficial tallies. 

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