Southern Suburbs

Lines moving quickly at Pompey Town Hall

By Ejay Zarett, MNO 617.2

Published on November 8, 2016

Poll worker Elizabeth Mahon outside of the Pompey Town Hall. (c) 2016 EJay Zarett

POMPEY, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — A steady stream of people flowed into Pompey Town Hall early this Election Day. But according to poll worker Elizabeth Mahon, voters were casting their ballots quickly, preventing long lines from developing.

Mahon has worked at the Pompey Town Hall polling place for the last five elections, including the last presidential race in 2012. She said that she wasn’t sure what to expect entering this year’s election but that turnout had been high as of 7:20 a.m.

“[The last presidential election] was a little crazy,” Mahon said. “But that was four years ago. This one, I wasn’t sure. But we have been busier than all get out.”

Mahon said that the Pompey Town Hall polling place has just one voting machine and lines began forming at the polling place around 5:40 a.m., 20 minutes before the location opened for voters. However, Mahon said that the lines moved quickly and voters were able to cast their ballots in a timely manner.

“We are working our tails off to get them in as quickly as we can,” Mahon said.

Lisa Papa, a 50-year-old local school teacher and Pompey resident, arrived at the polling place around 7:30 a.m. She was able to quickly cast her ballot and head home.

“It was actually really quick to get in and out,” Papa said. “I was really surprised.”

Papa said she came out to vote at that time because she thought there might be fewer voters earlier in the morning. She said she thought that lines could grow longer later in the day.

Papa praised the polling place staff. She said poll workers were available to provide assistance if needed and that the lines were shorter than she expected.

“There were a lot of people moving the line quickly,” Papa said. “They were helping and assisting with actual questions that you may have about the ballot as well as filling in the ballot itself.”

Voters continued to file in and out of Pompey Town Hall as the early morning hours progressed. But as of 7:45 a.m. there was just a short line in front of the voting machine.