Addressing privacy concerns

Workers sit at a table on Election Day at the Falls Creek Borough polling place. Because of privacy concerns expressed by a resident, the table they are sitting at and the Judge of Elections table, seen in the background by the window, were moved back by about 10 feet from the voting machines, according to Judge of Elections Barbara Whitehouse. She sits on the left beside, clockwise, clerk Helen Bishop, clerk LuAnn Houston and minority inspector Edna Silvis.

By Eric Hrin

FALLS CREEK — A privacy concern about the Falls Creek Borough polling place was addressed Tuesday.

The concerns were first made public Monday night at the borough council meeting.

At the meeting, Mayor Charles Moore said a resident, who he did not identify, had called recently and was concerned “about the voting machines facing the people” at the polling place, located at the Falls Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

When asked for comment on Election Day, Judge of Elections Barbara Whitehouse said the poll workers had previously made her aware of the concerns.

And she noted that action was taken.

To address the privacy concerns, Whitehouse said the poll workers’ table and her own table were moved further away from the voting machines, by about 10 feet.

She said there had been no problems, adding that voting was heavy.

“Nobody has complained,” she said.

In addition, she pointed out that when a person is voting at a machine, they obstruct their voting from view.

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