"Northampton County election officials have some homework to do. They have four years to get it done, but it’s best to start now. Surges in population in Forks and Palmer townships have overburdened polling places in the fastest growing areas, which became painfully obvious in Tuesday’s balloting. Some people reported waiting in line to vote for up to three hours. Many made several trips. At the same time, some wards in cities and boroughs have no lines. It’s time to redraw the map, starting with those precincts that can’t handle the crush of a presidential vote. Split ’em up."Stoffa disputed this criticism at November 15's County Council meeting. "I think we've been judged pretty harshly," he said. He pointed out that the number of registered voters at both polling places is about the same number it was four years ago. So the suggestion that long lines were the result of a growing population, is simply wrong.
In addition, Stoffa pointed out that "judges of election," who run each precinct, are independently elected, and appoint their own helpers. "We have no control over that," said the Exec.
But he'll agree that there certainly is a problem, which he outlined in his own laconic style.
"I think voting in Pennsylvania stinks. We have no early voting. I don't know why we put up with that. Imagine if the election would have been held one week before. It would have been chaos."Council members Ken Kraft and Bob Werner both volunteered to serve on a committee to lobby Harrisburg on this issue.