If the turnout at Gettysburg Ward 3 precinct is an indication of the likely turnout county-wide, 2022 may be one of the more heavily voted mid-term elections.
Interest in the election also created internal interest, bringing out a Danish election observer as well as a reporter from the British Newspaper “The Observer.”
Ward 3 Judge of Elections Amanda Day said that by about 1:30 p.m. 320 votes had already been counted in the Sterner Building at the Gettysburg Rec Park and that there were also hundreds of mail-in ballots.
And a steady stream of voters were still arriving.
Polls remain open across PA until 8:00 p.m. and first results will be reported after 9:00.
“It’s been wonderful,” said Day. “We had lines out to the water fountain this morning.”
Day said the poll workers were pleased to have seen a number of first-time voters, including some who had recently turned 18 and one newly naturalized citizen. “When we get a new voter, we clap and cheer,” she said.
Day said her job was to bring the supplies and ensure rules and order are followed. “There doesn’t seem to have been too much of an issue,” she said.
Minority Poll Inspector Dana Witt said there had been many people needing assistance with voting, and that she expected that well over 50 percent, and maybe even 70 percent, of registered voters would cast ballots in Ward 3.
In addition to the official poll workers, two independent poll watchers were present in the election room at about 1:30 p.m.
“I don’t expect anything. I’m not suspect of anything,” said Republican poll watcher Christine Demas.
“This is not a place you’re going to see someone harassed,” said Democratic poll watcher George Cook.
Featured Image: Beth Farnham, write-in candidate for Representative in Congress, District 13, greeted voters.