After Work Voting Rush Causes Longer Lines
Voters experienced longer lines at several polling locations throughout Northampton Township.
Longer lines formed during the 5 to 7 p.m. voting window, due to an after-work rush at polling locations throughout Northampton Township.
The line at the township administration building was starting to file out into the lobby, more so for the district 15 voters than for the residents voting in 18.
But despite the wait, Marc Pontarelli, judge of elections for district 18, said everything has run smoothly.
"The people have been great," he said. He added that there were no problems and no one seemed to mind having to wait in a little line.
The wait at Richboro Middle School was much longer. As of 6 p.m. the 45 minute wait started immediately as voters walked in the door. It continued down the hall, around the bend and down that hallway before spilling into the voting room.
Voters didn't seem to mind the wait, as no one left the line. People passed the time by chatting on their phones, looking over the campaign literature and browsing the web on their phones.
Residents who voted at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County didn't have to wait longer than 5 minutes. Around 5:15 p.m., the building was pretty empty, with the Chief of Election, James Heflin, expecting more of a rush after 6 p.m.
In the morning and early afternoon, the wait to vote varied from no wait at all, to 10 minutes to 40 minutes. And many polling places experienced a lull in the afternoon.
How long did you have to wait at the polls?