Primary election sparks concerns of low turnout

    It’s Election Day in Pennsylvania and even though there are some big races, experts are worried about turnout in today’s primary.

    Millions of dollars have been spent on campaigns for Governor, U.S. Senator and other race. But the number of people who will choose the candidates that move on to the General Election in November could be less than one-third of those registered to vote.

    “There doesn’t seem to be a lot of excitement out there, at any level,” says Fred Voigt, a Deputy City Commissioner and former head of the election watchdog group the Committee of 70. “I’m unfortunately pessimistic. I would hope that, because of the hotly contested nature of the race, and certainly the senatorial contest, that that would bring a lot of people out. But that remains to be seen.”

    Voigt says after reviewing past primaries with elections for governor and U.S. Senate he expects no more than 30 percent of the voters to show up at the polls.

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