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Trend in Willistown Township

Line short, voting uneventful in Chester County's Willistown Township.

Trend in Willistown Township


Lance Parry reports:


By 10:20 a.m., voter No. 313 had cast his ballot in Willistown North-1 precinct, a pastoral suburban enclave just outside of Malvern. The parking lot at the Phelps School was under watchful eyes of young men -- Phelps students, presumably -- in snappy black blazers, white shirts and rep ties. Need to make sure the next Mercedes has enough space adjacent to the BMW.... No. 313 had waited for five minutes in a line of 10 people, inked his ovals and then gave his ballot (modernized from previous elections, when chads ruled), to the election official standing next to the scanner, who said the pace all morning had been steady, but heavy, with no problems. He observed that No. 313 was close to the half-way point of likely voters in that precinct, and that he expected that goal to have been achieved well before noon.

Outside, potential voters in the 2012 election were conducting exit polls for their class at Great Valley High School.  Asked about voting trends, one pollster, a Mark Phelps look-alike in a blue-and-white Patriots jacket, inspected the tallies on his clipboard and offered, "I think this precinct will go for McCain.  It's a highly Republican area," he confided.



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