The year long slugfest also known as the presidential campaign season could come to a conclusion as quickly as Tuesday, election day, part of what will be a relatively brief ballot locally that includes several uncontested races.
With no local races in Tuesday's election, most of Tuesday's drama will center on the federal offices up for election.
While the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden and the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan highlight the race, candidates of the Green Party and Libertarian Party will also be on the ballot. The Green Party nominee, Jill Stein, is running with Cheri Honkala and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson highlights the Libertarian ticket. James Gray is his running mate.
A hotly-contested race for one of Pennsylvania's two U.S. Senate seats will also be settled on Tuesday. One-term incumbent Democrat Bob Casey, Jr. is challenged by Republican upstart Tom Smith and Libertarian Rayburn Douglas Smith. Casey has held a healthy lead in the polls throughout the last several months but a late surge by Tom Smith, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, has closed the race to a three percentage point gap.
The 5th district Congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is also up for election. Two-time incumbent Republican Glenn Thompson is challenged by Centre County Democrat Charles Dumas.
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.
Where the competition ends is the race for seats in the state House of Representatives and Senate.
In the House, Republican Kathy Rapp is all but assured a fifth term as she is running unopposed.
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 where incumbent Republican Joseph B. Scarnati III is running unopposed. Voters in all other Warren County municipalities vote in the 21st District. Republican Scott E. Hutchinson is also running unopposed.
When you go to vote, 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.
There have been no polling place location changes, according to Zuck.
Polling places in the city of Warren include:
Warren dentral - Warren County Courthouse, 204 4th Ave.
Warren north - Holy Redeemer Center, 11 Russell St.
Warren south - Seneca Building, Seneca St.
Warren east - Holy Redeemer Center, 11 Russell St.
Warren southeast - Holy Redeemer Center, 11 Russell St.
Polling places for residents of boroughs include:
Bear Lake borough - fire hall, North Center Street
Clarendon borough - borough building, 15 North Main Street
Sugar Grove - fire hall, 2 Wilson Street
Tidioute - fire hall, 228 Main Street
Youngsville - fire hall, 222 East Main Street
Polling places for the following townships include:
Brokenstraw - township building, Rouse Home Avenue
Cherry Grove - fire hall, Cherry Grove Road
Columbus - social hall, 4 West Main Street
Conewango - United Presbyterian Church of North Warren, 3 Church Street
Conewango - Starbrick fire hall, 4 Firemans Road
Deerfield - township building, Morrison Run Road
Eldred - township building, Newton Road
Elk - Scandia fire hall, Scandia Road
Farmington - Lander fire hall, 4400 Miller Hill Road
Freehold - township building, 139 Lottsville Niobe Road
Glade - fire hall, 14 Hohman Road
Limestone - township building, Hill Drive
Mead - township building, Mead Blvd., Clarendon
Pine Grove - Russell fire hall, Perrigo Lane
Pittsfield - township building, US 6
Pleasant - recreational hall, Fuller Ave.
Sheffield - township maintenance building, 204 South Main Street
Southwest - Enterprise United Methodist Church, Enterprise Road
Spring Creek - fire hall, Route 426
Sugar Grove - Chandler's Valley Community Center, Jackson Run Road
Triumph - township building, Youngsville Road
Watson - community building, Route 337, Old Plank Road school house