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Final Day For Primary Voter Registration

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According to the voter registration office at the Erie County Courthouse there was some last minute activity on deadline day.   Monday was the final day to register to vote in the Pennsylvania primary coming up on May 21. 

According to election officials registration always peaks in presidential election years, but there are some races in the local  primary that have people interested enough to register, check their registrations and maybe even change parties.

On the ballot there are contested races for school board seats, for an open judge's seat on the county bench, and for county council.  And there are three republicans and two democrats who want to be the next Erie County Executive.  The democratic primary race between incumbent Barry Grossman and former congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper is expected to be the biggest draw.

Voters only cast ballots in their own party in the primary, however, Barry Grossman sent a mailer inviting people who are not democrats to switch and vote for him. We asked voter officials if they are noticing that switch?  "That's hard to tell," said elections supervisor Sharon Drayer. "I mean I've seen a lot of change of parties come in and a lot of new registrations, but we don't ask why they're changing their party."

County clerk of elections Doug Smith told us, "Some of it is just people checking the status of their registration. If they are an independent or a minor party that can present problems with them being able to vote, so I think we're seeing some of those changes as well."

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