On Election Day, voters in Kensington lined up at local schools, recreation centers, and churches to cast their ballot for the president, state and local races. During the 2020 general election, voters have experienced changes to voting due to the coronavirus pandemic and widespread mail-in voting. For those voting in-person, people were lined up before some polling places opened to make sure their vote was counted.
To document the wide range of perspectives in the neighborhood, Kensington Voice reporters visited polling places to ask voters why they’re participating in this election, and what issues are most important to them.
We conducted interviews on Nov. 3, at Mastbaum High School, Lewis Elkin Elementary School, Julia de Burgos Elementary School, John H. Webster Elementary School, Congreso Education and Training Center, and West Kensington Ministry throughout eligible voting hours. Our interviewees were made up of people between the ages of 18 and 77 with a variety of occupations.
Reminder: Voters should not expect final election results tonight. Historically, ballot counting has not been completed on election night, and due to an increase in mail-in and absentee voting this year because of coronavirus concerns, the process will take longer. On Oct. 19, Pennsylvania’s top election official Kathy Boockvar stated that the “overwhelming majority” of votes from the state will be counted by this Friday, Nov. 6, reported Spotlight PA.
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Editor’s note: The responses have been edited for clarity and conciseness.
Editors: Zari Tarazona, Claire Wolters, Siani Colón / Designer: Henry Savage
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