Low turnout expected in Pa. primary balloting

April 24, 2012

PETER JACKSON and MARC LEVY, The Associated Press

 HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania voters were expected to turn out in small numbers for Tuesday’s primary election, with little to entice them at the top of the ticket and scattered competition for party nominations in Congress, the statewide row offices and the Legislature.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, has campaigned regularly in Pennsylvania even though he has had no serious opposition for the GOP presidential nomination since former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum dropped out two weeks ago. President Barack Obama is unopposed for the Democratic nod.

More than two-thirds of the state’s Republican and Democratic voters were expected to avoid the polls; the forecast of rain or snow was not expected to be a significant factor.

Voters are likely to notice one change in the routine , election workers asking them for photo identification as part of a test run of the state’s tough new voter ID law.

Voters will be allowed to cast ballots in the primary whether or not they have the appropriate ID. But those without it in the Nov. 6 general election would be forced to cast provisional ballots that would be counted only if the voter provides proper identification to county officials within six days.

Arguably the hottest statewide race is the two-way battle for the Democratic nomination for attorney general between Kathleen Kane, a former Lackawanna County prosecutor, and former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Bucks County.

To read more, visit: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/state/20120424_ap_lowturnoutexpectedinpaprimaryballoting.html

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