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Deadline to register to vote is today

LOCK HAVEN — It’s deadline day.

Today is the deadline to sign up for Pennsylvania residents wishing to vote in the May 18 municipal primary election.

On Saturday, Clinton County Government posted a reminder on its Facebook page. It read:

The Deadline to Register to vote or to update your Voter Registration before the Municipal Primary Election is Monday, May 3, 2021. The Clinton County Board of Elections encourages all eligible Clinton County voters to make sure they are registered and that the information is up to date.

Voters can choose the online voter registration system at www.votespa.com or obtain a copy of the voter registration form at the Clinton County Piper Building located at 2 Piper Way in Lock Haven.

Applicants using the online voter registration system must complete and submit their application by 11:59 p.m. on May 3. Traditional paper voter registration forms must be received in county voter registration offices by close of business or postmarked by May 3.

For information in Clinton County, Pa., call (570) 893-4019.

In Clinton County, the ballot is fairly light. There are two county row offices are on the ballot this year and the two incumbent row officers are unopposed for their respective third terms. Republican treasurer Michelle Kunes and Democratic coroner Zach Hanna have no opponents from either party.

There are four Keystone Central School Board seats on the ballot. Three incumbents have filed, unopposed, for re-election. They are Region II, Elisabeth Lynch; Region V, board president Tracy Smith; and Region VII, Roger Elling. No one filed a petition in Region IX, the Renovo area. Eric Probert is the incumbent, but he said earlier this year he would not seek a second four-year term.

In Centre County, there is a race for a seat on Bellefonte Borough Council. In the Bellefonte Ward 2 race, Randall Brachbill and Barbara Dann are seeking the Republican nomination. No candidates filed on the Democratic Ballot.

For Bellefonte School Board, six cross-filed candidates are vying for four nominations on each — Jon Guizar, Jack Bechdel II, Jeffrey Steiner, Andrea Royer, Rodney Musser and Jordan Emely. Guizar, Bechdel, Steiner and Royer are running on the “Win 4 Bellefonte” campaign.

In addition to casting a vote in municipal and judicial races, Pennsylvania voters will have to vote “yes” or “no” on May 18 on four ballot questions.

The three proposed constitutional amendments will determine the future of Disaster Emergency Declarations, a Governor’s disaster declaration power and denial of equal rights based on race or ethnicity.

The fourth ballot question is a budget referendum that will determine if Pennsylvania voters approve of making municipal fire companies with paid personnel and EMS companies eligible for loans, ultimately expanding the state’s loan applicant qualifications.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18.

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