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Tuscarora School District residents have short time to register for special election

August 02, 2008

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Residents of the Tuscarora School District have until Monday, Aug. 11, to register to vote in the Sept. 9 special election on funding renovations to James Buchanan High School.

There are 13 precincts in the school district in Mercersburg and Montgomery, Peters, Warren and St. Thomas townships, according to the county Election Board. Currently 10,337 Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters are registered, according to the Voter Registration Office.

Anyone already registered to vote within the school district automatically is eligible to vote in the special election, County Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said.

As in a primary or general election, the registration period for a special election closes one month prior to the date the polls open, Byers said. The county has budgeted about $15,000 to run the special election.

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Voters will be asked to vote yes or no on whether the district shall incur $35 million in debt to pay for additions, improvements and renovations to the high school together with other related facilities, according to the referendum question.

The district plans to replace the heating and air-conditioning system, electrical system and roof of the high school; perform renovations to support cyber school operations; resolve water quality issues at the high school and middle school; replace sewer lines; and renovate or replace the high school swimming pool, according to the district's Web site.

The estimated cost of funding the project would be about $269 per year for a family residence with a market value of $186,000, the Web site states.

Aug. 11 also is the deadline for residents of the district to register a change of name, address or party affiliation. Applications received after that date will be processed for the November general election.

Anyone with questions about registering for the general election may call the Voter Registration Office at 717-261-3886 or the Election Board at 717-261-3810. Information also is available on the county's Web site at www.co.franklin.pa.us.

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