First 100 Voters at West Chester Community Center

WEST CHESTER, PA —Voters turned out in droves early Tuesday morning at a neighborhood community center in downtown West Chester.

“We already have over 100 voters,” Chris Greene, volunteer at the Charles E. Melton Arts and Education Center, 501 E. Minor St. “We have a much higher turnout than normal. We had 60 votes in the first two hours. We had never had anything like this before.

A steady stream of voters cast their ballots throughout the morning.

Greene said there would typically only be 30 voters at the polls by late morning. Greene said the community center serves as a mainstay of the community, providing residents with sports, arts and other programs, including summer camp activities.

Several poll workers, all Democrats, greeted voters as they introduced themselves. Republican greeters were not present Tuesday morning.

Will Cortes, 16, a student at Henderson High School, said he was helping campaign for Chris Pielli, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Representative for District 156.

Pielli is running against Republican candidate Heidi Vanderwall. The district covers the townships of West Chester, East Bradford, East Goshen and West Goshen.
“I became very interested in politics,” Cortes said. “I love working on campaigns. I volunteered to be a greeter.
Polling stations close at 8 p.m. Chester County Election Services has already begun the count. The results could take several days.

Jill E. Washington