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."