If you were planning on making a movie when you go and vote next Tuesday in Wayne County, forget it.


 If you were planning on making a movie when you go and vote next Tuesday in Wayne County, forget it.
Reacting to advice from the Pennsylvania Department of State, the County Commissioners- in the role of the County Election Board- ruled on Thursday that videotaping, cameras and cell phone cameras will NOT be permitted at a polling place.
The state was referring to a plea by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) encouraging students to videotape their “voting experience” and download the results on YouTube. PBS and The News Hour is partnering with YouTube on the project called “Video Your Vote.” The purpose is to examine the health of democracy, according to www.pbs.org. Part of the project encourages students to take their camera to the polling place on November 4th to interview people after they vote.
Concerned about voters being disturbed by someone making a video, the Department of State suggested that counties consider enacting a policy. The state Election Code did not specifically address it, but certain provisions were shared with counties that could have some bearing. Wayne County Solicitor Lee Krause was asked to draft a policy, which the Commissioners unanimously approved. It states:
“The purpose of this policy is to encourage privacy throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania amongst voters. The use of electronic equipment or recording devices within a polling facility threatens to usurp the privacy Pennsylvania voters have enjoyed. This policy will protect the privacy of individual voters in compliance with Article VII, Section 4 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.
“No videotaping, cameras or cell phone cameras will be permitted within any poling place at any election held in Wayne County.”
Commissioner Wendell Kay, who chairs the Election Board, stated that the policy was necessary to “ensure legitimacy of any election. Paramount is the notion of a secret ballot. No one should feel intimidated or pressured.”
After discussion, the Commissioners agreed this policy would have to apply to media as well. Commissioner Chairman Brian Smith said that the policy could be revisited later to address any concerns of the media, but the Commissioners need to encourage voter turnout.
Chief Clerk Vicki Lamberton said that the County is prepared for an anticipated large turnout of voters on Election Day. Representatives from the Pa. Dept. of State and the company that supplied the optical scanner devices which read the paper ballots, will be on hand.
Approximately 1,975 absentee ballots had been received as of Thursday. These will not be counted until Election Night.
Kay said it was gratifying at how many County employees agreed to work Election Night.
A late night is  expected before all the preliminary results are available, said Lamberton. Commissioner Tony Herzog added that the state has added a requirement that workers at each polling station have to manually count the sheets of paper ballots deposited in the box, before leaving the polling station. This will add to the wait for results.
Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; there are no changes in polling locations.