Luzerne County Bureau of Elections hosts petition training

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — From Your Local Election Headquarters, Primary Election Day is April 23. On Monday, the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections hosted a petition training for local candidates to help with the process.

Luzerne County has had its issues with elections in the past, but this year the new administration is taking steps to ensure transparency.

The countdown is on to the primary election.

Candidates have a lot to do in order to successfully get on the ballot, and the Bureau of Elections wants to make it a little easier.

“Last year I came back in February, and I noticed a lot of people had questions, it was a municipal election, and they would come in and a lot of their petition paperwork was not filled out correctly and we would have to turn them away, and they would have to come back,” said Luzerne County Election Bureau Director Eryn Harvey.

For the first time, the bureau hosted a training session Monday on how to fill out nomination petitions.

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Harvey says the goal of the training initiative is to be both helpful and transparent.

“I’ve been here almost a year, so just being able to have time to be here and to actually get my foot in the door with projects, certainly helps build stability and being more transparent with the public. That’s all we’re trying to do,” Harvey explained.

They reviewed steps for local and municipal primary election candidates who are required to file their paperwork with the county election bureau.

It included republican county committee members and candidates interested in serving on the proposed seven-member county government study commission.

“We’re in full swing of preparing everything for the Primary. We’re expecting a bigger turnout than a municipal year so we’re just trying to prepare for that,” Harvey added/

The window for primary election candidates to collect signatures is from January 23 to February 13. For candidates who were unable to attend the training, it was recorded and posted on the county’s website.

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