Low turnout leaves poll workers to fill time

Inquirer staff writers Mari Schaefer and Kristen Holmes report:

Turnout in today’s primary election is light, leaving poll workers to fill time as best they can.

“We bring books,” said Frank Dello, judge of elections at Ambler's Borough Hall.

“We have a lot of people who don’t follow the primary, so they don’t come out,” Dello said, “and then we have a lot of independents so they don’t come out.”

But at least one independent did come out to vote only to be turned away.

At Ward 6, Precinct 2 at the Radnor Fire Company, poll workers listened to fire and police radio calls and watched the landscape crews construct new sports fields on the Middle School grounds.

By 11 a.m. - four hours after the polls opened - only 40 of about 1,200 registered voters had cast ballots.

“If we get 120, I think it will be a lot,” said John Rose, the majority inspector. “I think people are not aware there is an election. Advertising was off.”

One voter, J. Douglas Carroll, 56, stopped by, giving him an opportunity to take his dog Sugar, a Yorkie mix, for a walk.

“It is always good to vote, no matter what,” said Douglas. “I don't care who you vote for but, you should always vote.”

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