People who live far outside Pa.'s 18th district are asking where to vote

Pennsylvania Election
A cameraman takes footage of the signs for the candidates Rick Saccone and Conor Lamb outside a polling place in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, where a special election is being held.

The special election in the Western Pennsylvania’s soon-to-disappear 18th Congressional District — seen as a key litmus test of  President Trump’s support in an area he carried in 2016 — has generated so much excitement , as well as confusion, that people who do not even live anywhere near there apparently would like to cast a vote.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Chris Potter reports that county election officials have been fielding complaints from voters who turned up at polling places only to find them closed. The reason: They do not live in the district.

Election officials also fielded calls on Monday from out-of-district voters who wanted to know where to cast their ballots for either Republican Rick Saccone, a state representative, or Democrat Conor Lamb, a former federal prosecutor. The voters apparently didn’t know they weren’t part of the 18th District, or that no election was taking place in their district.

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Meanwhile, more than 200 miles away in York, State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said folks at his gym were asking where to vote.

The Morning Call reports that some voters in Lehigh and Northampton Counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania thought they, too, could vote in the race.

“Northampton County Registrar Dee Rumsey said her office received more than a dozen calls before noon from outraged voters demanding their Constitutional right to vote,” the Morning Call reported. “Several media outlets, she said, had either erroneously reported the race between Democratic candidate Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone was statewide or didn’t stress that it was limited to one district.”

The race for the district seat south of Pittsburgh has become the latest test of Democratic energy and backlash against Trump, drawing a wave of national media attention and a deluge of Washington spending. The political stakes are so high that the race reportedly played into Trump’s decision to announce tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, in hopes of stirring enthusiasm among the voters who strongly backed his presidential campaign in a region long associated with coal and steel.