About three out of every four adults in Lancaster County is registered to vote in the May 21 primary, newly released data show.
The municipal primary is Tuesday, May 21. Typically, fewer than one in five voters goes to the polls in municipal primaries here, newspaper records show.
On the ballot for countywide office this year are county commissioner, judge of the Court of Common Pleas, district attorney, sheriff, coroner, prothonotary, clerk of courts, register of wills and treasurer.
City council, township supervisor and school board positions are also up for election, as well as other municipal positions.
How many Lancaster County residents are registered?
Nearly 322,000 Lancaster County residents are signed up to vote in the May 21 primary.
How many Lancaster County residents are registered Republicans?
166,198 or nearly 52 percent are registered Republicans.
That’s down 1,505 from a year ago.
How many Lancaster County residents are registered Democrats?
103,947, or 32 percent of the electorate, are registered Democrats.
That’s up 757 since the 2018 midterm primary, according to the Lancaster County Board of Elections.
How many more registered Republicans are there in Lancaster County than Democrats?
Republicans hold a more-than-62,000-vote margin -- 62,251, to be exact.
Is the drop in Republican registration going to be any kind of bellwether in the primary?
Not likely. Kirk Radanovic, chairman of the Republican Committee of Lancaster County, called the decline in GOP voters here inconsequential.
“This change is not unusual for the party in power, whether Republican or Democrat. Those who make tough decisions often see this trend,” he said. “... The bottom line is that, because Republicans provide conservative, efficient government on the local level, there are 62,000 more Republicans than Democrats in this county.”
JoAnn Hentz, chairwoman of the Lancaster County Democratic Committee, said the minority party has also seen an increase in the number of candidates.
“Were just encouraged by the interest and the activism we see in our democrats, not just numbers,” she said.
Kyle Kopko, a political science professor at Elizabethtown College, said it’s difficult to read much into fluctuations in registration but that the backlash against President Donald Trump in the midterms was probably a factor in the Republican losses.
“Whoever is more popular or unpopular nationally at the moment will have an effect on your swing voters,” Kopko said.