Valley election officials say party jumps could happen during primary

Valley election officials say party jumps could happen during primary

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – WYTV 33 News looked into whether the attention surrounding the upcoming Presidential election has shifted voters’ allegiance.

We checked with boards of elections in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Mercer counties to see if people are switching parties.

In the spring primary, voters can only cast their ballot within their registered party. That’s when the boards expect to have a better idea of where their numbers stand.

“You might have more Republicans voting in the primary this year because we have a governor who is on for the presidency, if he is still on, so they might switch to vote for Kasich,” Joyce Kale-Pesta, director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections.

She said a good candidate representing either party could sway voters to switch so they can cast a ballot in favor of a candidate.

Mercer County recently saw an increase in those registering as Republicans.

The spring primary in Ohio is on Tuesday, March 15. Pennsylvania’s will be held April 26.

Mercer County statistics:

Changes in registered voters in Mercer County, between the May primary and Friday, Sept. 18:

Democrats have dropped 127: 33,895 to 33,768
Republicans have gained 196: 29,542 to 29, 738

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