Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pennsylvania Roundup #2

Allegheny County

At the Allegheny County bureau of elections, Director Mark Wolosik predicted a 75 percent turnout of the county's 956,000 registered voters. He was cautioning voters they could face lines if they tried to vote from 7 to 9 a.m. or 5 to 8 p.m.
A couple early problems were reported. One precinct in Squirrel Hill reportedly started the day with paper ballots because none of the voting machines were working. The same problem was reported at an East McKeesport center.

Not all nine machines serving three precincts at Turner School in Wilkinsburg were operating initially. That and people trying to vote before work caused a line of about 200 people early.

Reading Area – Voter Comments

I was first in line at the little fire house in Wyomissing on North Park Road. I got there at 6:15 a.m. By 7:00 there was a line of about 65 cheery voters patiently waiting to get in. The people running our polling place were well organized, friendly, kind and knew what they were doing. I was out by 7:05. I even noticed that an older lady in the machine next to me had forgotten to press “vote,” which would have resulted in her vote not counting if she had left. One of the polling people standing between the machines told her to press Vote and explained. They seemed to be watching everything. I was very satisfied with my voting experience. Thank you to the people who man my polling place. Great job!

Pottstown Area

Long lines were forming at many polling places in Montgomery and Berks counties even through midmorning as hundreds turned out to cast their votes in what many described as a historic election.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, who was working the polls for candidate Fern Kauffman, said the polling place at the Norco Fire Station saw 119 people before 8:30 a.m. "It's a pretty small precinct so it's not surprising to have a line in a presidential election year," he said

Estimated wait times in Poconos

These are estimates, as reported throughout the day. We'll update this information as best we can throughout today.

Traffic jams and the longest waits are in Middle Smithfield Township.

Lehman Township One: 2 to 3 hours

Chestnuthill One: Ten minutes
Chestnuthill Two: 15 minutes
Chestnuthill Three: 30 to 45 minutes
Chestnuthill Four: 30 minutes
Coolbaugh Two: 10 minutes
Coolbaugh Three: down to 15 to 30 minutes
Delaware Water Gap: Little to no wait
Hamilton North: 20 Minutes
Hamilton Southern: 40 minutes
Jackson Township: Little to no wait.
Mount Pocono: 1 hour
Middle Smithfield Eastern: 2 hours
Middle Smithfield Western: 2 hours
Paradise Township: Very slow at 1 p.m. Ten voters or so.
Pocono Four: 20 minutes or less
Ross: 20 minutes
South Stroudsburg: No wait
Stroudsburg County Admin Building: No wait
Stroudsburg Fifth: little or no wait
Stroud One: 30 minutes
Stroud Four: Little or no wait
Stroud Seven: No wait
Tobyhanna Western 45 minutes
Tunkhannock: 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes

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