Reports: County voters on pace to set record turnout

LOCK HAVEN – Mirroring many regions across the state and perhaps the nation, Clinton County voters turned out in droves on Tuesday to cast votes for president, and it didn’t hurt that there was a contested race for the state House seat here, either.

Election officials described many of the precincts across the county as “crazy busy.”

In fact, said Commissioner Paul Conklin, everywhere he and fellow commissioners went, “there was a big line.”

“It was busy all over,” Conklin said from the Garden Building tonight, much to Pete Smeltz and Jeff Snyder’s agreement.

Wayne Township registered a 75 percent turnout of its 889 registered voters at about 7 p.m., Conklin confirmed.

He, Snyder and Smeltz said they visited 25 of 34 precincts tonight.

In Porter Township, there were 100 people in the first hour.By 1 p.m. Tuesday, the precinct at Dunnstown Fire Hall in Woodward Township saw roughly 550 voters out of a total of 1,599 registered voters. The race for president between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton is driving voters to the polls here, but so is the race for the 76th District between incumbent Democrat Mike Hanna and Republican Stephanie Borowicz.

Ernie Jackson, an IT specialist with the county who helps set up voting machines, said precincts were “really, really busy.”

Maria Boileau, county director of voter registration, echoed that sentiment and said she believes turnout Tuesday will rival the record turnout in the 2008 election when Barack Obama was first elected president.

Voting across the county was “going well,” Boileau said, save for the “usual little hiccups … but nothing major.”

One thing, she assured, with so many people voting – including many who haven’t voted in a while – the county “will be able to update our registrations.”