A 'kink in the system' threatened to add hours of hand counting of paper ballots in
The E-Scan machines in
Approximately three-fourths of voters in
"If this was next year at this time, it would be chaos," Aldine Over, a volunteer at
Election commissioner Peg Koenig planned to visit all 40 precincts in the county to reprogram machines.
The troubleshooting should solve the problem without any late-night hand counting.
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HOLLIDAYSBURG - Blair County's election day started well, county officials said Tuesday.
When things go wrong on election day, the telephones at the county courthouse and highway yard seem to ring continuously.
"We've had very little phone traffic this morning," said Terry Wagner who heads the countyás board of elections.
Blair County Chief Clerk Helen Schmitt said the phone calls that came into the county this morning were from people asking: "Where do I go to vote?"
Anyone needing that information can call the commissioners' office at 693-3030 or the voter registration office at 693-3150.
While almost all
Since the beginning of the year when the commissioners race attracted 11 candidates, at least a few of those candidates have been attending weekly business meeting.
This morning, no candidates were in the audience but incumbent candidate Donna Gority was there, with commissioners Barry Wright and Terry Wagner. After the weekly meeting, they were heading into another budget review session starting at
While other commissioner candidates will campaign on election day by visiting some of the countyás 97 polling precints, Gority said that is not part of her campaign.
"I don't believe in making people run the gauntlet when theyáre trying to do their civic duty," Gority said.
Across the county, reports were of a slow stream of voters in the morning hours.
HUNTINGDON - Election and poll workers stationed in Huntingdon Borough's third ward reported a sluggish morning, saying perhaps sudden relocation of the election venue deterred voters.
"The traffic has been slow," said Shelby Shoemaker, who stood outside the polling place in the wind and sleet handing out information on county commissioner candidate Connie Kough Pittinger. Greg Jackson, working for borough council candidate John Gradwell
Third ward polls were moved from DeForrest Apartments to
Election workers inside the main lobby at
Workers said by mid-morning many of DeForrest Apartment's approximately 100 resident would have stopped in to vote.
By , 39 of Huntingdon Borough's 598 registered second ward voters participated.
"This is a norm. The only time we're really busy is during a presidential election. Then, maybe we'll be rushed," said Dorothy Brouse, second ward judge of elections.
Both sets of election workers said they were looking to see a rush in late afternoon when voters finish work.
EBENSBURG – Despite temperatures in the 30s and a few flurries in the air, voters were hitting the polls in steady numbers early, Cambria’s elections director Fred Smith said late Tuesday morning.
“There were a few minor problems early this morning but poll workers were in by and all of the polls were open on time at ,” he said, noting 415 voting machines are spread out across
Smith, the county’s director of elections since 1981, expects 43 to 45 percent of the county’s voters will hit the polls today, despite expectations of a 20 to 30 percent turnout statewide.
Part of that, he says, is because an active campaign for the county’s three commissioner seats.
Campaigns for Commissioners Bill Harris, Milan Gjurich, PJ Stevens and challenger Kathy Holtzman have been turning out TV, radio and newspaper ads, particularly in the past week to win seats, and Smith believes that will translate into increased voter interest.
“People are enthused about that one,” he added.
Countywide, there are also row office races for Controller, Coroner, Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds and Treasurer, in addition to dozens of local borough, township and school board races.