Your Local Election HQ: Early Morning at the Polls


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) It’s primary Election Day. The polls opened at 7 am.  Voters have several high profile races to decide.  Eyewitness News Reporter Anja Whitehead spent the early morning hours at the polls.

  “We need everybody to come in, that’s what adds up,” Said Linda Pagnotti, Old Forge Poll Worker.

 Poll workers at the Old Forge Borough building arrived early to set up for today’s election. They prepared for a long day.

 Pagnotti explains, “We’re here for 7 o’clock really early. 6 o’clock if I can get in here. And we’re here until whenever we finish the books. Sometimes it’s 10 o’clock.”

 As the clock struck 7 Tuesday morning, voters started to trickle in to vote for their respected parties.

  “It’s your right. People fought for that right. And some people say it doesn’t make a difference, sure it makes a difference. It gives you your opportunity to say what you want to say. I’ve been voting for a lot of years. Close to 50 years,” Added Dave Kwiatkowski, Old Forge Voter.

 The scene was very similar at Bangor Heights recreation room in Scranton. Where poll workers tell Eyewitness News the turnout is low. Others are determined to make their voices heard.   “I vote every year. I haven’t missed once, I’d say in the last 30 years. And I feel it’s my duty. It’s my only chance to have to say in whoever goes in there and how my taxes are going to be,” Added Mary Wolfe, Scranton Voter.

 Many voters say it’s your civic duty to head to the polls.

  “It’s just important to get out, vote, let your voice be heard and make a difference,” Said Diane Reap, Scranton Voter.

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