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Long Wait to Vote in Forks and Palmer

Two polling places -- one each in Forks and Palmer townships -- caused major headaches for voters who had to wait for hours to vote.

We all have the right to vote on Election Day.

But for some residents of Forks and Palmer townships, the right to cast that vote couldn't be exercised for some time. And some people got too frustrated to bother.

At the Tracy Elementary School in Palmer Township and Faith Lutheran Church in Forks Township, voters had to wait at least two hours -- some even longer -- to vote for president and the other races, including the 137th Legislative District.

Maureen Miller of Palmer Township said the lines at Tracy "were wrapped around the school all day long."

Miller said she called the Board of Elections and there were many complaints. Miller said she also put a complaint into the Board of Voter Supression.

"My husband tried to vote this morning before work but had to leave and again after work and is still in line at 8:50 p.m," Miller said in an email Tuesday night.

She said it was the first time since her husband -- who left the line at 9 p.m. after being there since 7:30 p.m. -- was 18 that he did not vote in a presidential election.

"And he is 56," she said. "My son was not able to wait. There were many people leaving the line who did not vote."

Many voters had to stand outside in the freezing cold where some polling places -- like Faith Lutheran -- didn't have enough room to keep residents indoors.

Many Palmer and Forks residents reported on our Facebook page about at least a two-hour wait at the church.

The judge of elections there said he has complained to the Northampton County Board of Elections before about the fact that the church has 3,000 voters while other Forks precincts only had 800 voters on their registration rolls.

He said the church averaged a steady stream of about 120 voters per hour.

Meanwhile, another resident posted that the voting process at Tracy Elementary took four hours during the evening because of sign-in issues poll workers were having working the table.

"This needs to be fixed," she stated.

jackson black November 09, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Wait until you have to wait in lines for Obamacare...
jackson black November 09, 2012 at 09:52 PM
All you people deserve what you get...
Flash Gordon November 11, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I vote at Tracy Elementary. Got in line at 6:30. Got out of the booth at 9:15. The election workers did provide water, coffee, hot chocolate, munchkins, and granola. But the one election worker offered commentary about how he was not a citizen and he would love the opportunity to stand in line. Several people in line offered similar stories about long waits they came upon when trying to vote earlier in the day. No avoiding it I guess. The most ironic thing was that we were all watching our phones run out of charge as we were watching results come in well after the polls closed. In other words it's 2012 and we were still using three booths with same young, savy, lightning quick people checking people in complaining that they were over worked. Three booths divided by letters of last name. A-I, H-O, and P-Z. About an hour into the wait they started pulling all the people forward with P-Z names. Then at 8:30, they pulled all the people forward with H-O names. And yet people still waited that long. Seems like a lack of preparation to me. Can't wait to see how long you wait when you have to present identification next year. It's 2012 people, can't we make the books obsolete and use our Giant Bonus cards to check in? Can't we have a Disney Fast Pass type system to reserve an approximate time to return and vote right away? I am sure some votes did not get placed because of this, and with results so close in these districts it mattered.
Flash Gordon November 11, 2012 at 01:20 AM
No real worries of falling on deaf ears though as we waited along side of several influential Palmer Residents. Including Board of Supervisor Members. Fast Pass people. Scan in check in with identification people. Every one including poll workers would be happy.
Armed Citizen November 11, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I was shocked to see how lopsided the results were in favor of the Dems. I didn't realize I was living in Libtardia.

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