Low Voter Turnout Reported Around Easton

"Worst I've ever seen," says one poll worker.

It was a quiet Election Day in Easton, with few people turning out to vote in Pennsylvania's primary.

"Worst one I've ever seen," said poll worker Mae Whitman, at the seventh district in the city's West Ward. "We had to struggle to get eight or nine this morning."

By 3:30 p.m., 42 people seventh district residents had to come to the Easton Area to cast their ballot; the center is also the polling place for the sixth ward, which had 45 voters. The two wards each have about 1,000 registered voters.

"Every chance to vote, people should take advantage," lamented ninth ward judge of elections Jill Piperato, who was also seeing low-turnout.

Outside that polling place -- -- a lone Democratic committeeman stumped for Matt Cartwright, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Tim Holden to represent the redrawn 17th district.

Holden himself had been in the city earlier in the day, making his second visit to in Centre Square. But his appearance -- around 2:30 p.m. -- missed the lunchtime rush. He was planning to hit all six counties in the new district.

, an attorney from Lackawanna County, had been in Easton on Saturday, when he was endorsed by former Congressman Joe Sestak. 

Tuesday was the first day poll workers could ask for identification under the . 

At the former Shull School on the South Side, poll workers said they had some objections to before they voted.

"They complained, but they still voted," one worker said.

Did you vote? If not, let us know in the comments section why you chose to stay home.

kicks on 4th April 25, 2012 at 04:56 PM
poll workers are PAID! it's not out of the goodness of their hearts and last year the upped the pay (tax payers pay those who work the polls)
kicks on 4th April 25, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Christina Georgiou April 25, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I stand corrected on the matter of pay. However, having just gotten off the phone with Northampton County voter registration, it seems they do have trouble getting enough qualified people to run the polls. Also, the day starts at 6:30 a.m., and doesn't end until all the votes are counted, often 16 to 18 hours later. Do the math, and you'll find they aren't exactly paid a fortune.
kicks on 4th April 25, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I DID NOT say "fortune" but they are paid (I know one who has been doing so for years!) they keep the position and like they pay. This is done at all poll through-out the county- do the math - it does add up- to tax payer - all - (those who vote and those who are registered and CAN NOT vote in a "closed primary")and those who do not vote. We are all paying the price for low turn out.
H in Easton April 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I wish that my voting location had a sign out front showing people where to go. Its a hidden entrance and the first time I tried to vote there I couldn't figure out how to get into the building. Its not friendly to new residents.


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