Montgomery County elections board votes to adopt ‘pandemic election plan’ for primary

By KYW Newsradio 1060
EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio)  Montgomery County’s elections board has voted to adopt its “pandemic election plan” for the primary, which will significantly cut the number of polling places.

Despite objections from some municipal leaders who expressed concerns residents might not be able to get to polling places, the Montgomery County elections board adopted a plan for the June 2 primary that cuts the number of polling places in the county from 352 to 140.

“This plan does not take into consideration a lot of the things we would typically take into consideration because this is a pandemic election plan,” said Elections board chairman Ken Lawrence. 

Commissioner Val Arkoosh said officials chose school buildings because they’re not in use, so there’s less risk of contamination.

“They have very large spaces, cafeterias, gymnasiums, all of which will be put to use, and then when we leave there will be time to thoroughly clean those places,” Arkoosh said. 

Commissioner Joe Gale said he supports using schools for polling places, but he voted against the proposal after his motion to include polling places in Rockledge and West Conshohocken was voted down.