In less than three weeks, most citizens of the United States will have the right to go to the polls and vote for the people they would like to see represent them in government.
Warren County residents who go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, will be faced with choices for eight seats.
There are two federal government votes listed on the ballot- president/vice president and senator.
Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry
A Warren County voter tests out the straight party ticket option on the touchscreen voting machines available for demonstration at Warren County Courthouse.
In the presidential race, Democratic incumbents Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Green Party candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, and Libertarian candidates Gary Johnson and James P. Gray are on the ballot.
The candidates for Senate are: incumbent Democrat Bob Casey Jr., Republican Tom Smith, and Libertarian Rayburn Douglas Smith.
The state positions at stake include attorney general - Republican David J. Freed, Democrat Kathleen G. Kane, and Libertarian Marakay J. Rogers; auditor general - Republican John Maher, Democrat Eugene A. DePasquale, and Libertarian Betsy Elizabeth Summers; treasurer - incumbent Democrat Robert M. McCord; Republican Diana Irey Vaughan, and Libertarian Patricia M. Fryman; 65th District Representative in the General Assembly - incumbent Republican Kathy Rapp is unopposed; and state senator.
Warren County is split in terms of state senatorial districts. Under the current district lines, voters in Warren, Clarendon, and Mead Township weigh in on the 25th District - incumbent Republican Joseph B. Scarnati III is unopposed. Voters in all other Warren County municipalities vote for the 21st District - Republican Scott E. Hutchinson is unopposed.
The vote for the 5th U.S. Congressional District - incumbent Republican Glenn Thompson and Democrat Charles Dumas - is also listed under state races on the ballot.
There is an option at the top of the ballot to vote 'straight party.' Voters who select a straight ticket party option will simply have all of the boxes for that party selected in advance as they navigate though all the pages of the touchscreen voting machine ballot. Any vote, whether input through a straight party selection or chosen on the page for a race, can be changed. Changes can be made at any time until the voter selects the 'cast ballot' option available on the summary page.
At the end of the ballot, a voting summary appears, according to Director of Elections Lisa Zuck. Races without a vote show up in pink and voters can go back to those or any races and change their votes.
Voters may write in votes for any race.