Election Day in Bucks County, Pa., sees some long lines, few issues

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
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Election Day in Bucks County, Pa., sees some long lines, few issues

UPPER MAKEFIELD TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Election Day for some in Bucks County meant pulling up a chair, getting cozy, and taking a wait-and-see approach.

"You know it's a decisive election," said voter Bill Cwiklinski, who brought his lawn chair to wait an estimated two hours to cast his ballot in Yardley.

One group waited for two hours. They were surprised at the turn out, believing mail in ballots would have cut wait times dramatically.

"I really thought this would be less," said Dawn Bock.

Kendall Scott, of Newtown, is a first-time voter who voted in-person on Tuesday morning.

"I thought it would be longer. I was prepared to wait all night if I had to. So, this is pretty good in my opinion," said Scott.

To help with the wait, some volunteers were seen handing out goodie bags of treats and PPE if necessary.

So far, few issues were reported at the school. Workers say at most it's voters who for one reason or another need to vote on a provisional ballot.

"They are still allowed to vote, but they have to vote on what's called a provisional ballot. So that's taking some time, slowing some things down inside, but other than that it seems like just a great presidential election," said Smolow.

President Donald Trump lost Bucks County by a very slim margin in 2016. The differential about 3,000 votes.

The Action News Data Journalism team reports the county could see an average of 1,600 voters across polling locations Tuesday.