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Voting in Hanover, Pennsylvania 4NOV08
By: Kent Courtney

Early Morning Voting

Large turnouts have meant long, early-morning lines in the voting in Hanover, Pennsylvania.  There were several campaign workers representing two of the three parties that have presidential candidates in this year's election.  On the ballot were candidates from the Libertarian, Democratic and Republican parties.  A volunteer was also there to talk about the controversial Adams County Water and Land Protection Bond Referendum.


While waiting in line, it was a good chance for neighbors to catch up on the latest that was happening with family and friends.  Signing up to vote was a fast and efficient process.  There were many new registered voters.  The first time that new registered voters come in to vote, they must present an identification card.  There were a lot of "identification required" identifiers on the voting rolls.  Adams County has a triple-verification system to ensure an accurate sign-in process.  First, the voter signs onto the voting rolls.  Then, the voter's name is handwritten by two voting workers.


The voter is given a paper ballot that is in a cardboard-sandwich, for privacy.  The voter then walks into a curtained voting booth.  The voter blackens in the voting choice with a pen.  There was the option to vote the Libertarian, Democratic or Republican Ticket.  Individual candidates could also be selected.  There were spaces for write-in candidates.

Once the voting was completed, the voting receipt is removed from the ballot by tearing the perforated strip off of the end.  The ballot then goes into a machine which looks like a copier and the votes are tabulated.

All the campaign workers were friendly and there was an up-beat atmosphere with everyone at the polling place.

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Voting in Hanover, Pennsylvania 4NOV08
By: Kent Courtney
   
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