GOP sees voter registration surge in Washington, Greene counties

 

Republicans are seeing a surge of voter registration totals in both Washington and Greene counties with less than two weeks left to register for the Nov. 8 general election.

However, Democrats still hold a commanding registration advantage in both counties despite gains in recent months by the GOP.

Since the April primary, Washington County added 4,292 new voters to the registration rolls to increase the total number to 135,462, county assistant elections director Wes Parry said. Republicans increased their numbers by 2,928 during that time, with another 1,000 people registering with unaffiliated parties. Democrats added just 364 voters during that time.

“It’s been rolling up for sure,” Parry said of voter registration increases in the county.

Still, half of all voters in Washington County are registered Democrats, while about 40 percent of the electorate is Republican.

In Greene County, registration increased by 575 new voters to have 22,194 people, county elections Director Tina Kiger said. Of that number, 316 are Republicans and 143 are Democrats. The Republicans also saw 240 people change registration to their party while only 41 voters changed to Democrat.

But just like its neighbors to the north, Democrats in Greene County hold nearly a 2-to-1 advantage in voter registration over Republicans.

The registration deadline is Oct. 11 to vote in the upcoming general election. People interested in registering can fill out the forms in person at their county elections office, mail the forms in the office or file online by going to the state’s website at www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us. Anyone unsure about their current registration or polling place can also go to that website to check.

“It’s easier,” Kiger said of the online registration option that is new this year.

People who wish to register to vote must include either their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number.

The Washington County elections office is on the second floor of the Washington County office complex at 100 W. Beau St., Washington, PA 15301. The office phone number is 724-228-6750.

The Greene County elections office is on the first floor of the Greene County Office Building at 93 E. High St., Waynesburg, PA 15370. The phone number to the office is 724-852-5230.

Both elections offices are looking for poll workers and asking anyone interested in working at a precinct to contact them by phone.

Meanwhile, the final day to request the application for an absentee ballot is Nov. 1. The last day to submit those absentee ballots is Nov. 4.

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