CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- About 200 registrations came in the mail, about 75 more came from registration drives by the Barack Obama campaign and at Greencastle-Antrim High School, and there was a steady stream of people through the Franklin County Voter Registration Office on Monday, the final day to register for the April 22 primary.
As the day began, the number of people who had switched to the Democratic Party was 784, with just 144 switching to the GOP. New registrations were about even with 500 Republicans and 496 Democrats, according to Voter Registration figures. However, those numbers did not include the mail and walk-in applications.
"Either they want to vote for a specific candidate or they want to vote against a specific candidate, which is kind of unusual," County Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said of those switching from Republican to Democrat. Most of the attention in the April 22 primary is focused on the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama race, but Byers said people making the switch will not have a say in some local Republican races.