Friday, May 18, 2007

Worst Place For Elections Returns - Norco's Elections Office!

Election night, I was in the belly of the beast - the elections office. Northampton County Director of Administration John Conklin invited me to watch the action as an "observer."

It was an offer I couldn't refuse.

I showed up shortly after 8 PM for a bird's eye view of the inner working of our voter registration office. An army of county workers from different offices, led by a quiet but confident General Conklin, was impressively organized and professional. A cordial coterie of reporters was amazingly helpful, even though they knew I was just a rank amateur. Next week, I'll give you all the juicy details.

Today, I just want to tell you two things.

First, West Easton was the first precinct to report results. The pollworkers there were cheered as they marched in.

Second, if you really want to know who's winning or losing, the last place to be is in an elections office. Weird, eh?

1 comment:

Chris Casey said...

If you want to know what's going on, you have to have poll watchers in each precinct and a central command, and even then look at how different the results were from the Morning Call, WFMZ, and the County itself. Some places have a huge undervote.