- Dinniman to Hold State Senate Seat
- Gerlach to Keep Congressional Seat
- Republican Milne Wins Reelection in 167th
- Kampf Tops Drucker in 157th District Rematch
With 225 of 226 polling places in Chester County reporting:
U.S. Representative, District 6Jim Gerlach (R) 86,658 Manen Trivedi (D) 67,991
U.S. Representative, District 7Pat Meehan (R) 29,561 George Badey (D) 17,925
PA Senate District 19Andrew Dinniman (D) 75,699 Christopher J. Amentas (R) 54,747
PA Representative, District 156Dan Truitt (R) 16,944 Bret M. Binder (D) 16,048
PA Representative, District 157Warren E. Kampf (R) 13,518 Paul J. Drucker (D) 12,998
PA Representative, District 167Duane Milne (R) 20,690 Rob Broderick (D) 14,627
- Voter Challenge Brings Police to PAHS Polling Station
7:50 p.m.: East Whiteland Fire Company—More than a handful of people were in line as the final minutes ticked down before the doors closed. More than 1224 ballots had been cast in the large East Whiteland precinct. Judge of Elections Sue Drummond called it an "exhausting day" that nonetheless went more smoothly than she expected.
7 p.m.: Good Samaritan Church (Paoli)— Traffic slowed to a trickle in the final hour of voting—at 674 ballots cast out of 908 registered voters in the precinct. "It was a zoo this morning," said poll worker Sharon Bennett. She said there were at least 30 lined up to vote most of the day, and that everyone was extremely pleasant. Judge of Elections Jim McCarvey noted that some folks had lined up at 6 a.m., thinking the polls opened then.
5:30 p.m.: West Chester Public Library: @WCPLnews Tweeted "Line to vote is short. Now. Don't guarantee that it'll be short in an hour."
5:00 p.m.: Fern Hill Elementary School and East High School (West Goshen N-2 and West Goshen M-2): No major wait at either location, but thngs are sure to pick up as people get off of work.
3:55 p.m.: Poll workers across Tredyffrin and Easttown report steady turnout and voting since the polls opened at 7 this morning. Lines could get a little long this evening as people turn out to vote after work. Polls are open until 8 p.m. For constant updates on polling places follow TE Patch on Twitter @TEPatch and let us know what you see at your polling place.
3:30 p.m.: In response to questions about a perceived uptick of Republican poll watchers around the Borough of Phoenixville, Chester Country Republican Committee chairman Val DiGiorgio said the county GOP has poll watchers at every election. He added that the number of watchers this year is similar to past presidential elections.
12:30pm Valley Forge Middle School in Tredyffrin Twonship- 10-year-old Helen Conroy wanted to make sure she got to the polls to vote for Mitt Romney. She was accompanied by two of her four sons. Mrs. Conroy says she has voted for Presidents dating back to FDR in the 1930's.
12:30 p.m.: First Baptist Church (Malvern Borough)—The long line to vote in Malvern Borough is exacerbated by the narrow hallways leading to the polling stations. Voters seemed calm, but Judge of Elections Tony Mancini said some people were understandably aggravated that they have to wait while others move more quickly to the polls, based on the first letter of their last name.
At entrance: State Rep. Duane Milne greets voters. Did he vote yet? "I gotta run down and do that still," Milne said.
At exit: Borough resident Marvin McMillan tells GVHS senior Elliot Bickel that one of the key issues for him in the presidential race was the environment. Bickel, doing exit polling as part of a school project, had conducted 8 interviews since starting at noon. A few people had voted for candidates outside their party, he said, but not when it came to presidential candidates.
12:05 p.m.: Westtown Township Building (Westtown Township 1): No line here, but there is a big sign that says "PHOTO I.D." in big letters and "will not be required" in small ones.
12:00 p.m.: People's Light and Theater (East Whiteland 6)—Judge of Elections Harry Timney said 280 voters had already come through, and they brought 700 total ballots. Any problems? "None whatsoever," although one young woman had to file a provisional ballot because she thought she was registered but was not on the list. Outside were two GVHS students conducting exit polls—Danling Eye and Samantha Stern. "Luckily, they let us stay inside" in the heat, Stern said.
11:45 a.m.: Chester County—There are no reported problems with the voting machines in any of Chester County's 226 precincts, according to Jim Skymba, voting machine supervisor for the county.
11:45 a.m.: Hillsdale Elementary School (East Bradford South 2): There was no significant wait.
11:33 a.m.: Chester County Historical Society (West Chester Ward 1): The Historical Society had a long line heading into the lunch hour. Voting is on the second floor and stretches from the auditorium through the museum wing. Also, the line for voting at the library is still to the sidewalk.
10:30 a.m.: Phoenixville Area High School—Police were at PAHS this morning after a Republican poll watcher challenge to an "inactive" voter brought allegations of voter intimidation. The man ultimately got his ID and voted. Story here http://patch.com/A-zsYp
9:20 a.m.: Sugartown Elementary School—Busy but moving. Great Valley High School seniors are doing exit polling. "A few people ignore us, but mostly it's been good," said GVHS senior Joe McCahon. He added that so far the exits he's seen a slight Republican edge, but it's early.
9:10 a.m.: Phoenixville Borough Hall—119 voters had cast ballots as of 9 a.m. Volunteers said there have been no issues thus far with voters, but admitted that voter volume, while higher than the primary, has been lower than 2008. “We had lines all day,” said one voter from the lineless room.
9:04 a.m.: New Eagle Elementary School (Tredyffrin E-4): Voter reported that he was able to vote in about 5 minutes.
9:00 a.m.: Willistown United Methodist Church—Long lines at Willistown United Methodist Church, but it is moving smoothly. Plus there are all sorts of snacks in the lobby. Out front: Democratic committee person Ann Mehley and Republican committee person Kathy Bond are more than friendly. "We love each other!" said Bond. "This is how we wish our government would be—bipartisan!"
8:58 a.m.: East Goshen Township Building (East Goshen 1): The parking lot was jammed, and people were parking on the side of Paoli Pike. If you do choose to park on the side of a major roadway, please be safe.
8:45 a.m.: Phoenixville Public Library, Phoenixville—Approximately 100 votes have been cast at the Phoenixville Public Library this morning, reportedly without issue.
8:03 a.m.: West Goshen Township Building (West Goshen M-1): Arrived at 7:35 to actually vote myself. It took about 20 minutes. For some reason the M-Z line moved much quicker than the A-L line.
8:01 a.m: West Chester Borough Hall (West Chest Ward 2W): Got there around 7:30 a.m. There was a very small line to vote, and ample parking was available.
7:44 a.m.: Charlestown Elementary—Multiple Facebook readers report lines in Charlestown are long but moving quickly.
7:29 a.m.: Paul Drucker (D) and incumbent Warren Kampf (R), candidates to represent Pennsylvania’s 157th District in the state House of Representatives, are shaking hands with voters at Delaware Valley Friends School on E. Central Avenue in Paoli. Both said they’ve got a lot of polling place visits ahead of them today.
7:10 a.m.: West Chester Public Library (West Chester Ward 7): The polls were still not open as of 6:55 a.m., but there was a line out to the sidewalk. Parking near the library was also an issue, and many people were walking from the surrounding blocks.
7:07 a.m.: Chester County Art Center (East Bradford South 1): The polls had not opened yet as of 6:45 a.m., but the line had already extended to the parking lot from the front door. Parking was also extremely limited. People were already parking on the lawn and pulling off to the side of the road.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and don’t close until 8 p.m. If you want to check on where
Poll workers may ask you for a valid photo ID but you are not required to present photo ID to vote in this election.
If you do not provide the requested ID, you will be given information on the requirements for voting in 2013.