Mt. Airy resident Asia Colter wasn’t pleased Tuesday morning when she reached St. Michaels Lutheran Church.
Colter has voted at the Germantown Avenue site for the past eight years. This Election Day, however, the city moved the polling place for residents from division 12 of the 22nd Ward to a fire station at the intersection of Carpenter Lane and Germantown Avenue.
Colter was totally unaware of the change.
“I’m playing musical chairs just to vote,” said Colter. “It’s ridiculous.”
Some folks over at St. Michaels also didn’t know about the change until this morning.
Loretta Montgomery, a committeewoman from division 9 of the 22nd Ward, said the city could have done a better job of communicating with residents.
“If they didn’t do it house to house, they could have done it at the polls,” said Montgomery.
A hand-made sign hung outside of St. Michaels alerting voters, but Montgomery worries that some may still get discouraged and think the city doesn’t want them to cast their ballot.
James Gay, a committeeman with division 12, said there are a lot of senior citizens that may not be able to make the three-block trek.
Ronald Couser, Democratic leader of the 22nd Ward, said the move, along with several others in the ward and elsewhere, was posted in local newspapers and on signs around the district. At least four other polling places in the ward were changed, said Courser.
“I can’t control what the City of Philadelphia does,” he said.
Couser added that he’d arrange a ride for any inconvenienced voters in the 22nd Ward.