Art Carey reports:
In Paoli, Chester County, at Jimmy Duffy's Catering on Lancaster Ave.
Normally people go through an oversized portico, but it's under construction and cordoned off. People are circling around and up the veranda in a line that snakes down a flight of steps and into the parking lot.
Inside the catering hall, the Judge of Elections, Jackie Gibson, said they normally have 15 to 20 voters by 7:20 a.m. This morning they'd already counted 57.. The total number of registered voters in the precinct is 846.
A poll worker, Majority Inspector Stephanie Tagye, said that she had not seen so many people at the polls this early since the Clinton election in 1992 when 96% of the voters in the prceinct voted.
"I bet we will beat it today," Tagye said.
At one point she was advising an African American woman how to deal with the paper ballot.
"It's just like taking the SATs," Tagye said.
Percy Mottley, 44, of Paoli, was standing in line with his two children, Percy III and Presina.
"I'm excited about the election and not suprised by the strong turnout," said Mottley, a computer manager. "I'm really inspired because this is a really monumental, historic election.
Ann Miller, 48, of Berwyn, an assett manager, said she's afraid because she believes the media is very liberal for the most part, she said. So many people are influenced by the media and celebrities, she said. She was disturbed by so much campaign mudslinging and was worried people would vote reflexively and out of ignorance.
"I'm fearful they [the voters] didn't take the time to get to the meat of the platforms," Miller said.
Leo Russo, 39, of Paoli, was in line with his wife Monica, 36, and their two children Leo, 5, and 5-month-old daughter Celeste.
"We wanted to make sure we got our say," said Leo Russo, an epidemiologist for a drug company.
"We wanted to show our kids how important it is to vote," Monica Russo said. "Our daughter has spina bifida, so stem cell research is very important to us. So Barack Obama is our man."
She turned to her son and said "Tell the man who we're voting for"
"Barack Uncle Bottom," young Leo said.
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