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New Warminster Polling Place Creates Some Confusion

Some voters in districts with new polling places were either unaware of the changes or unsure of where to go once they got there.

Campaign workers at William Tennent High School said that turnout Tuesday morning has been strong, but it could be better if not for some confusion created by the move of the polling place from Abington Memorial Hospital's Warminster Campus to the high school.

"We had flyers out, I called as many people in my district as I could," said Betty Huf, who sat in the front lobby of William Tennent and stumped for the GOP. "But people were still coming in saying they had no idea their polling place had changed."

Adding to the turnout troubles at William Tennent is a teacher in-service conference being held concurrently at the school, which made parking an issue. The teachers have been asked to use the back and side parking lots and leave the front lots for voters.

Voters relocated to Archbishop Wood seem to know that their polls have changed, it's just a matter of getting there. Not only do they have to make sure they are using the correct entrance, on the south end, closest to the Street and York road intersection, but they also need to know where to actually vote, at the auditorium between the two school buildings.

"When we first opened, cars were entering and driving to the back," said Frank Feinberg, who campaigned for the Democrats at Archbishop Wood Tuesday morning. "We got some signs up quickly and directed everybody to the front of the school."

Unlike the public schools, classes at Archbishop Wood are in full session. Even though there are periodic traffic jams when the bell rings for classroom changes, school President Gary Zimmaro was happy to see his students exposed to democracy in action.

"This is a great learning experience for the kids," said Zimmaro. "A few have come in to look around and ask some questions. It's a really good civics lesson."

Warminster Polling Locations

Warminster Twp #1 Archbishop Wood High School 655 York Rd Warminster Twp #2 Warminster Community Center 73 Downey Dr Warminster Twp #3 Warminster Presbyterian Church Madison Ave & Maple St Warminster Twp #4 Warminster Township Building 401 Gibson Ave Warminster Twp #5 Centennial Administration Offices           433 Centennial Rd Warminster Twp #6 Willow Dale Elementary School 720 Norristown Rd Warminster Twp #7 Seventh-Day Adventist Church 10 Greene Rd Warminster Twp #8 Benjamin H. Wilson Senior Center 580 Delmont Ave Warminster Twp #9 Warminster Rec & Education Center (WREC) 1101 Little La Warminster Twp #10 William Tennent High School  333 Centennial Rd Warminster Twp #11 Everett A. McDonald Elementary School 666 Reeves La Warminster Twp #12 Benjamin H. Wilson Senior Center 580 Delmont Ave Warminster Twp #13 Hartsville Fire Company 1195 York Rd Warminster Twp #14 Ann's Choice Keystone Clubhouse 10000 Ann's Choice Way Warminster Twp #15 Warminster Rec & Education Center (WREC) 1101 Little La Warminster Twp #16 William Tennent High School 333 Centennial Rd Warminster Twp #17 Archbishop Wood High School 655 York Rd

Liz Shockley November 06, 2012 at 06:15 PM
People received phone calls and flyers for their move in location? We didn't for our location change from Leary to the church on Greene. We looked it up because we knew Leary had closed. Still, though, our first non-self initiated notification was from a Brian Munroe (candidate for state rep) postcard. Then we got new voter registration cards in the mail and lastly we got an Obama/Biden hang tag on our door yesterday. All of this was in the last 1-2 weeks. The No Trespassing sign on the Leary property hopefully got people looking into it.
Joe Meditz November 08, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Joe Meditz Our polling place was moved from the now closed Longstreth School to Archbishop Wood High School. It worked out fine plenty of parking, easy to get to and plenty of room inside the building to get out of the cold. We hope it stays there.
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