I want to thank each of you for the important way you made election day a resounding success for the 5th Ward and beyond!! We worked hard to educate our voters, young and old, to understand the ballot and to vote from “Barack to Barb.” The election results show how successful our efforts were.
I was honored and proud to work beside each of you — from our lit drop last weekend, to Monday “GOTV” phone calls to our 18 hours together on election day. Whether it was talking with our voters; feeding our voters, sheltering our voters from the rain or processing the voters alongside the poll workers inside Wayne Hall, I was constantly warmed by your high spirits, your generosity and your stamina!
As you know, the polls were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of voters — an unprecedented 1400 votes were cast. My recollection is that we usually have about 500-600 voters. We hope the large number of students who registered AND voted this year, will be repeated in future elections. To that end, our 5th Ward poll workers’ team and Chester County Voters Services will be reviewing and improving the process so we can accommodate our voters more efficiently. We will do whatever it takes to be sure that lines are kept moving and that voters will experience a reasonable wait time in the future.
A huge thank you to our poll workers for their tireless efforts to process almost 15 hours of voters and then 2 hours of wrap-up following the close of the polls. Their energy and spirit were exemplary.
Again, a heartfelt thank you to each of you. Now we can move forward with hope in our hearts and a strengthened commitment to continue our work together to improve our community, our country and our world.
Carolyn T. Comitta
Borough Council, Ward 5