Vote

In this photo from the LNP archives, a Lancaster Township resident's sign delivers a straightforward message, one the LNP Editorial Board echoes.

Lancaster County voters registered with either of the two major political parties will nominate candidates for dozens of municipal and judicial offices in the primary on Tuesday. 

Those offices include school board, township supervisor, borough and city council, magisterial district judge and countywide offices such as register of wills and commissioner. There are also primary races for the state Superior Court.

Find complete primary coverage here.

Though turnout is often low in so-called “off year” municipal races, the decisions made by local office-holders have significant financial impacts. County, municipal and school officials here control annual budgets that total nearly $2 billion — money generated by property taxes and other levies.

In Pennsylvania’s closed primary system, only voters who are registered Republican or Democrat are permitted to nominate candidates. In one municipality here, West Hempfield Township, all registered voters regardless of party affiliation can decide a ballot question: whether to allow small games of chance.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Here are summaries of each of the contested primaries on the ballot Tuesday — those in which there are more candidates than there are positions up for nomination, such as the three-way primary race for county commissioner on the Republican side.