LECK KILL — Upper Mahanoy Township was the only municipality in Northumberland County where voters from two different congressional districts cast ballots at the same polling site on Tuesday.
Beyond that distinction, however, the voting inside a large equipment shed on the Snyder’s Tree Farm property was similar to the county’s other 35 municipalities in that turnout was light.
“We’ve been here since early this morning and overall turnout has been relatively poor,” Shirley Snyder, judge of elections, said at mid-afternoon.
As of that time, 45 voters had cast their ballots — 43 from the 12th Congressional District and two from the Ninth.
The township was the sole county municipality to be split into two congressional districts when district borders were redrawn earlier this year as ordered by the state Supreme Court to settle a lawsuit over gerrymandering. Just 10 township homes, bordering Schwaben Creek Road (Route 3010), Windmill Road (Route 2025) and Stitzer Road, are in the ninth.
But that necessitated the polling site having two voting machines — one for each congressional district. Alisha Herb, Northumberland County Election Bureau director, provided Snyder with a list on which voters from the ninth were highlighted.
Snyder said typically voter turnout at the precinct is 85 to 100.
“Hopefully more will come in after work today,” she said.
Even that optimism may have been impacted by the severe weather that would hit the area shortly thereafter at about 3:45 p.m. Thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and high winds resulted in downed trees and dangerous pooling of water on narrow roads.