An average of around one in five registered voters turned out at the November 5th General Election in Pike and Wayne counties, despite some highly contested municipal races. The overall turnout in Pike County was 16.1%, and in Wayne County, 21.1%. Some precincts, however, reached around one in three voters, where there were active challenges.
••• Pike County turnout
There was a 20.3% turnout in Lackawaxen Township, where there was a closely watched challenge for supervisor. The total voter turnout was 509 (370 in Lackawaxen-1 and 432 in Lackawaxen-2). The total number of registered voters in the township, however, is almost four thousand (3,945).
The turnout was similar to other townships in Pike County where there were contests for key races. In Greene Township, with a contest for supervisor, 15.8% voted; Westfall Township, with a contest for supervisor, had a 22.1% turnout.
Nearly a third of the voters in Matamoras Borough, however, turned out for a busy race for Council. Turnout stood at 32.9%, the highest in Pike County.
Townships where the key contest was for tax collector had the following turnout percentages: Delaware Township, 20.2% and Dingman Township with 11.2%.
Turnout in other municipalities are listed as follows: Blooming Grove Township, 9.5%; Lehman Township, 13.8%; Milford Borough, 19.5%; Milford Township, 18.6%; Palmyra Township, 11.5%; Porter Township, 27.6% and Shohola Township, 11.6%.
The overall turnout percentage in Pike County was 16.1%. There are 40,571 registered voters and 4,164 who voted in the General Election.
••• Wayne County turnout
The overall turnout percentage in Wayne County was 21.1%. There are 31,877 registered and 6,732 who voted.
Hawley Borough, which had the largest slate of contested races had a comparatively large turnout of 29.8%. Out of 781 registered, 233 voted.
Berlin Township, which had a supervisor challenge, saw a 28.0% turnout. Lake Township, with two contested supervisor races, had a 19.8% showing. Lehigh Township had a contested supervisor race, and a stellar 38.9% turnout. A third of Mount Pleasant Township voters (33.5%) came out, where they too had a supervisor contest.
Turnout percentages for other Wayne County municipalities are as follows: Bethany 36.1%; Buckingham 26.2%; Canaan 28.3%; Cherry Ridge 30.8%; Clinton 34.1%; Damascus 18.1%; Dreher 27.0%; Dyberry 16.0%; Honesdale 19.2%; Lake 19.8%; Lebanon 15.5%; Manchester 15.9%; Oregon 18.7%; Palmyra 16.1%; Paupack 11.1%; Preston 22.0%; Prompton 25.9%; Salem 12.2%; Scott 16.6%; South Canaan 20.1%; Starrucca 24.3%; Sterling 22.1%; Texas 20.2% and Waymart 28.7%.