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Election turnout lower than predicted in Westmoreland County

Rich Cholodofsky
| Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
A voter who used to be in the 13th District, but now is in the 14th District due to redistricting, walks out of the Pleasant Unity Fire Hall after casting his ballot on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. 'I thought I was in the 13th, but they helped me vote in the right district,' said the man who did not want to give his name.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
A voter who used to be in the 13th District, but now is in the 14th District due to redistricting, walks out of the Pleasant Unity Fire Hall after casting his ballot on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. 'I thought I was in the 13th, but they helped me vote in the right district,' said the man who did not want to give his name.

About one in five registered voters in Westmoreland County cast ballots in Tuesday's Republican and Democratic primaries.

According to unofficial results from the county's elections bureau, voter turnout was 21.5 percent.

Elections officials said 46,710 ballots were cast by 110,960 Democrats and 105,531 Republicans who were eligible to vote.

A higher percentage — 23.4 percent — of Republicans voted, according to the elections bureau. Turnout by Democrats was 19.8 percent.

Elections Bureau director Beth Lechman last week predicted turnout would be about 25 percent based on the fact that there were few contested races and weather forecasts of rain.

Voter turnout in the March special election to fill out the remaining term of former U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, a district that includes about two-thirds of Westmoreland's voters, was 44 percent.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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