CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -
With the primary elections now finished in Pennsylvania, officials said the voter turnout was lower than they expected.
For this election cycle, about 14 percent of democrats and 16 percent of republicans in Franklin County cast their ballots. However, officials were expecting at least 25 percent.
Among the most highly contested races included Chambersburg Mayor. Walt Bietsch received 584 votes total.
The candidate, who current Mayor Darren Brown endorsed, Joan Smith, finished second, so she'll not be automatically on the ballot for the November elections.
Although the turnout was lower than expected, officials were still happy to see the interest people had in their local elections.
"There were several contested races, so it's always good to see folks taking an interest. and in those precincts or municipalities where there were contested races, there was a little bit greater turn out," said David Keller, Chairman, Board of Commissioners.
All 75 of the precincts' results were in by 11 p.m.
For a full look at all of the race results, you can find them all on our website.
Polls for the Pennsylvania primary election closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, and all 75 precinct's votes were in and tabulated by 11 p.m.
Among the contested races was the vote for Chambersburg Mayor, which Walt Bietsch won. Biestch received 584 votes, compared to 254 for Joan Smith, 250 for William McLaughlin and 93 for Ilana Vojnovich.
For a complete list of the results, visit our website.
Voters are hitting the polls on Tuesday in Franklin County for the primary election.
Local contested races include the Waynesboro and Tuscarora School Board, a magisterial district judge position, township supervisors and Chambersburg Mayor.
The polls close at 8 p.m. The 73 polling places are the same as they were in the November 2016 election. The top vote-getters in this election will proceed to the November election. Election officials said they expect about a 25 percent voter turnout.
On the ballots in Franklin County, the same three candidates will appear on the ballot for the magisterial district judge in Waynesboro. Candidates for that position as well as school director are able to cross-file, which means they can be on both party ballots.
The top vote-getter from both ballots will appear on the November ballot, but if the same person wins on each ballot, they will be represented as a democrat/republican in November.
Officials said this is beneficial for the candidates and voters.
Candidates have the option to not cross-file. Candidates for all other positions can only be on the ballot of the same party they are registered in.
Later tonight, check for election results on our website's election page.