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Voter turnout expected to be strong across the region

Kristina Serafini
| Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, 12:03 p.m.
Scott Zimmermann (left), a volunteer for a bipartisan grassroots group, and Sarah Reed, treasurer of the Aspinwall Democratic Committee, talks to a voter outside of St. Scholastica church on Brilliant Avenue in Aspinwall on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Scott Zimmermann (left), a volunteer for a bipartisan grassroots group, and Sarah Reed, treasurer of the Aspinwall Democratic Committee, talks to a voter outside of St. Scholastica church on Brilliant Avenue in Aspinwall on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Polling places across Pennsylvania opened at 7 a.m., drawing a larger-than-usual turnout to most sites.

Officials expect more than half of registered voters will come out, exceeding levels typically seen in elections that have no presidential candidates on the ballot.

Polls remain open until 8 p.m.

Locally, residents can vote in one of four state races without an incumbent . Republican Jeremy Shaffer, an entrepreneur and Ross Township commissioner, is squaring off against Democrat Lindsey Williams, an attorney making her first bid for public office. They’re competing to take state Sen. Randy Vulakovich’s seat in the 38th District, which includes Aspinwall, Blawnox, Indiana Township, Fox Chapel and O’Hara.

Shaffer defeated Vulakovich by 17 percentage points in the May primary.

Kristina Serafini is a staff photographer.

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