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Washington County Voters Say They Felt Safe Voting In The Age Of Coronavirus

CANONSBURG (KDKA) - It was a mixed bag of voters at the polls across Western Pennsylvania Tuesday.

Voters didn't seem to mind waiting in long lines at the polls in Washington County, especially at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg.

Some voters said they waited up to two hours before casting their ballot.

The line looped all the way around the building and Washington County Commissioners say they did all they could to make sure people were voting safely.

There were shields up around the voting machines, hand sanitizer was available, they regularly cleaned, and everyone was wearing a mask.

While some voters say social distancing wasn't always happening, they felt pretty safe.

"Everybody's got masks on, everybody's keeping a decent distance, maybe not required six feet at all points, but not too bad," said Bill Shepardson of Canonsburg.

"It is pretty crowded, but we are maintaining social distance," added Katie Wozny, also of Canonsburg. "We brought our gloves and are wearing our masks."

Meanwhile, the polling location at the North Strabane Township building wasn't as busy, poll workers said everything there went smoothly.

In Allegheny County, it was a slow and steady stream at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.

It was also pretty quiet at Rodef Shalom and the William Pitt Union polling locations.

Voters and poll workers were wearing a mask or a face shield, hand sanitizer was spotted everywhere, and social distancing markers on the ground at the William Pitt Union.

The county said it provided plexiglass barriers at check-in tables and there's frequent cleaning.

"All the voting stations are pretty well spaced out, there's hand sanitizer for everyone to use," said CCAC student Michael Morneweck.

"I think everyone was just fine. I've voted my whole life in person and I have no intention of changing that," said Oakland resident Caroline Olbum.

Meanwhile, Allegheny County said there were some complaints of people not wearing masks and a lack of social distancing at some polling places around the county.

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