Turnout Light But Voters in Brookville Focused on Importance of Being Heard

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Midterm primary elections may not bring out the voter numbers that a presidential election draws, but voters in Jefferson County were still enjoying a sunny morning at the polls on Tuesday.

(Pictured: Mark Lussky, Majority Inspector; Paula Oldham, Clerk of Elections; and Missy Gustafson, Minority Inspector)

In Brookville, the Heritage House is where many borough residents cast their votes.

Paula Oldham, Clerk of Elections, said the turnout was light early in the day, though they expected to see a few more people as lunchtime approached.

exploreJeffersonPA.com caught up with Jefferson County Commissioner Jack Matson as he arrived to cast his vote.

“I believe in the democracy,” Matson said. “All elections are important, no matter what kind of election, it is important to show your voice. One of my favorite quotes from Thomas Jefferson is ‘We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.'”

“The primary election is where the candidates are chosen, and when one party has a clear advantage, that can really be where the real election happens.”

Outside the polling station, toward the other end of the building, Pam Ames was waiting to say hello to fellow voters while showing support for one of her favored candidates.

“I’m trying to help get Paul Mango elected governor,” Ames explained.

“I’ve met him, and I believe he’s a man of integrity, wisdom, foresight, and he would make a good governor,” she continued.

“It’s just so important for people to be out here, and to participate and be heard.”

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