Big turnout for election 2020

Cold weather did not deter residents from getting to the polls Tuesday morning. Waits of an hour or longer were not uncommon for early morning voters. And there will be more waiting until all the votes are tallied and certified.

Chadds Ford Township residents voted in the former beer distributorship in Painters Crossing. At 7 a.m., the line went from the distributorship's front door, along the frontage of all the other storefronts, up to the AMC Theater at the far end. There were long lines and waits at various polling locations in Concord, Birmingham, and Pennsbury townships.

Voting percentages were high. Delaware County reported a 59.93 percent voter turnout with 254,997 total voters out of 425,461 registered voters. Chester County reported similarly, with a 65.28 percent voter participation, or 248,328 people voting out of 380,388 registered. Participation included in-person and mail-in voting.

Final tallies aren't in yet because the state has allowed counties to process and mail-in ballots that come in through Friday if postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. Chester County reported that more than 25 percent of voters voted by mail there. Delaware County reported mail-in and in-person voting by individual race, not cumulative.

Unofficial totals as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 indicate incumbent Tom Killion holding on to his seat in the 9th Senatorial District with 59,400 votes to Democrat John Kane's 49,550.

For the 160th Legislative District race between Democrat Anton Andrew and Republican Craig Williams, Williams has the unofficial lead with 17,484 votes to Andrew's 13,189. Both said they would comment after they had the final numbers. The two were running for the seat held by state Rep. Steve Barrar for 22 years. Barrar is retiring at the end of this term.

If current tallies hold, Republican Eric Roe seems to have regained his seat for the 158th Legislative District with 15,832 votes to incumbent Christine Sappey's 12,746. Sappey defeated Roe in 2018.

As always, results are unofficial until certified by county voter services. Because of the high number of mail-in votes, certification could be delayed until the end of the week.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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