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 Community Center 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 -- the Easton Area Neighborhood Center -- 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 Josie's New York Deli 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.
Cartwright, 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 state's new voter ID law.
At the former Shull School on the South Side, poll workers said they had some objections to showing their ID before they voted.
"They complained, but they still voted," one worker said.
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