Tomorrow, November 6th, is election day! I came across this article with some important information for voters around the Chester County area via http://www.dailylocal.com, remember every vote counts!
Voters will be asked for identification but are not required to produce it when they show up at polls Tuesday. Chester County Voter Services Director Jim Forsythe said that while identification is not required for voters, they will be asked for it and reminded that the law may go into effect for the 2013 primary. If voters do not have a valid ID card, they will be given literature on what will be required in the future if the law is upheld by the courts, Forsythe said.The ID process may add minimal amounts of time to the wait for voting on Tuesday, Forsythe said. He added that regardless of the need for IDs, a wait may be likely.
“Because it’s a presidential race, we’re going to have longer lines, so ask people to be patient,” Forsythe said. “But long lines are a good thing, because it means people are coming out to vote.” Forsythge also said that voters with any questions about the registration status should call on Monday and not wait until Tuesday, because call volumes will be so high that day. He said the number to call is 610-344-6410.
Voter turnout for Republicans and Democrats in Chester County matched other counties in Pennsylvania: It was pretty bad. With some 90 percent of county precincts reporting Tuesday night, the Republican turnout in Chester County was about 27 percent; the Democratic turnout was about 14 percent.
The turnout appeared to spike in areas where the parties had primaries for state representative. For example, the Democratic contest between Bret M. Binder of East Bradford and West Chester Borough Councilwoman Cassandra L. Jones pushed turnout. Binder, a lawyer, recorded 1,251 to 1,114 for Jones in unofficial returns. Jones ran up her tally in the borough but it appears that Binder overcame that in the surrounding township precincts.
Similar Republican campaigns for state representative in the 155th district in the Downingtown area between Becky Corbin and John Mark Muller pushed turnout upwards. Corbin won. ILikewise, incumbent Republican State Rep. Duane D. Milne bested a challenge from former East Whiteland Supervisor Joe Corrigan in the 167th District of the Malvern area. The Republican presidential primary lost its luster when former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum dropped out. Mitt Romney, the leading Republican contender for president, bested all other challengers in Chester County with 66 percent of the vote against Santorum, former U.S. House Speaker New Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, who finished second with 14 percent of the vote.