Live updates: Franklin County goes to the polls on Election Day 2021. Here's what's happening

Staff of Chambersburg Public Opinion, Waynesboro Record Herald, Greencastle Echo-Pilot

This is developing coverage. Check back for more election news. 

Voters are heading to the polls today to vote for candidates in a variety of races, including judge, municipal offices and school board.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Note sure where to vote? Visit the Franklin County Elections page to find your polling place.

All of the contested races are at the municipal level. There are races for borough council seats in Chambersburg, Greencastle, Waynesboro and Mercersburg, and Chambersburg and Mercersburg have contested mayoral races. 

In Greencastle-Antrim School District, there are eight candidates for four, four-year seats and two candidates for a two-year seat. The only other contested school board race in the county is in Waynesboro Area School District, where two candidates are seeking a two-year seat. 

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From earlier:

In Greencastle:  Voting at Greencastle Church of the Brethren this morning was the slowest Carolle Patrick has seen in about 15 years as minority inspector. By 8:15, just over two dozen voters had cast ballots in person. In addition, 67 mail-in ballots were reported at the courthouse. There are over 1,300 registered voters for the polling place. 

Among the voters were Dorothy and Larry Pike, who always try to vote.

Dorothy and Larry Pike were among just over two dozen voters who cast ballots by 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at Greencastle Church of the Brethren in the general election.

She missed the primary election because of her work schedule, but said that was the first time she had not voted in many, many years.

"It's just the way I was brought up," she said.

Sue Sanders said she is worried about the direction the country is headed.

"I don't like where the liberals are taking us," she said.

"You have to start at the little town level and work your way up," Sanders said.

Locally, she has a granddaughter in the Greencastle-Antrim school system, and is concerned about the school board and wants to keep critical race theory out of the schools.

- Shawn Hardy, Echo Pilot

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In Greencastle: Matthew Freeman has two children, a 4-year-old who will be going to Greencastle-Antrim Primary School next year and a 2-year-old not all that far behind. He's worried about critical race theory being taught in schools and thinks it should be up to parents whether kids wear masks, saying eight hours a day is too much.

"I know this person's against it (CRT)," he said, standing with school board candidate Eileen Dickinson in the cold drizzle outside Grace United Church of Chris. Dickinson is aligned with a group of candidates that includes Hal Myers, Rich Davis, Janon Gray and Chris Bonillas.

Candidates and their supporters met voters in a cold drizzle outside Grace United Church of Christ in Greencastle Tuesday morning, Nov. 2, 2021, for the general election.

Freeman said they have "good morals and values ... if there is an issue, I know they will handle it in an honest, good way."

Freeman was among the 75 people who had voted at Grace UCC by 9 a.m.

"It started slow, but we're up to 75," said Connie Overcash, majority inspector. "I think that's fairly reasonable."

In addition to in-person the voters, 71 people cast mail-in ballots.

- Shawn Hardy, Echo Pilot

In Antrim Township: Judy Mellott, judge of elections at Greencastle Baptist Church, polling place for Antrim Township's Ward 1, called voter turnout "wonderful" with 83 ballots cast by 9 a.m.

"I can't believe it," she said of the steady stream of voters.

Holly Davis, turning 4 the day after the election, peered out of one voting booth, while her mother Allie Davis filled in her ballot.

Holly Davis joined her mother Allie Davis in an Antrim Township voting booth for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Holly's father, Rich Davis, is a candidate for Greencastle-Antrim School Board.

Holly's father, Rich Davis, is running for Greencastle-Antrim School Board.

Allie Davis said she is against liberal mandates, including masks and vaccinations, that "are taking away our freedom" and are putting people at risk of losing their jobs.

The polling place has about 1,700 registered voters, including 75 who used mail-in ballots for the general election.

- Shawn Hardy, Echo Pilot

 In Waynesboro & Quincy Twp. 

In Quincy Township voters were turning out to the tune of close to a hundred soon after the polls opened at the Quincy Township Community Center.

“We didn’t have a line before when we first opened this morning, it just started getting busy here around 9 a.m.," said poll worker Deb Kennedy. "We have had 72 people so far and it seems like people are excited to vote; the parking lot has been filling up." 

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“We had one couple this morning who said they lived in the area for 50 years and this was the first time they voted," Kennedy added. 

Dianne Kipe of Waynesboro shared her thoughts on the importance of voting in municipal elections. “My opinion is if you don’t like the way things are you have to vote and make a change.”

Richard Angle of Quincy Township casts his ballot on Tuesday morning at the Central Baptist Church in Quincy.

Richard Angle of Quincy Township added, “We have to change Quincy Township a little bit. Use your own head and make sure you know what you're voting for; that’s how I look at it.” 

In Waynesboro most polling places were seeing numbers in the 40's to 50's by mid morning.

Evie Cook judge of elections for Waynesboro 3-1 said,“ this is a small precinct, so this is normal,” Cook said of the Calvary Assembly of God location on S. Potomac St. 

Evie Cook,  judge of elections for Waynesboro 3-1 checks the count on the ballot machine Tuesday morning.

Debbie Pflager, who serves as the judge of elections at the Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro had a similar experience with voter turnout. 

"We have had a steady stream of voters this morning, this is an average turnout for a municipal election," Pflager said. "This is an important election for the school board and the Borough council.”  

- John Irwin, The Record Herald

In Chambersburg:

With contested mayoral and borough council races on the ballot, there are some polling locations who are seeing a steady turnout so far.

The Falling Spring Presbyterian Church, apart of the 4th ward, is seeing plenty of people come out to vote.

Rebecca McCarty, Judge of Elections, said that the turnout as of 1 p.m. was exceeding her expectations. 108 votes had been cast at the time.

She also said that the turnout so far was higher than recent general elections that she has been a part of.

- Dylan Jacobs, Public Opinion