PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Are you feeling anxious about the upcoming election? If you are, you're not alone. It seems to be a widespread feeling and, in Philadelphia, particularly acute.
Philadelphia City Commissioners have processed 400,000 mail-in and absentee ballot requests, but there are 5,000 or so still pending, and some of those voters are concerned.
“Just the enormity of the call volume has been well beyond what we, in our small department, have been able to even tap,” said Commission Chair Lisa Deeley.
Deeley said 311 has had to take over fielding the calls. And for some, a phone call won't do.
Emily Powell waited in line to get into the voter services office in City Hall.
“I'm actually a student in New York so I requested an absentee ballot and it never arrived, so I took a day trip to make sure my vote counted,” Powell said.
Then there are those who've had second thoughts about mail-in ballots. Alana Wooley was there to turn hers in so she can vote in person.
“I've heard all these stories about how if there's a question or any sort of doubt about the election, that would be a place for the other party to claim that there was fraud or things didn't work,” Wooley said.
As, potentially, the deciding factor in a battleground state, Philadelphia has been the target of conspiracy theories on both sides, which only heightens concerns, as does the novelty of mail-in voting.
Groups have sprung up to "protect the vote" from other groups, who may or may not exist, with the president himself feeding the flames.
"Bad things happen in Philadelphia," as he famously said during the first debate with Joe Biden.
Deeley understands but wishes everyone would take a deep breath.
“Make a plan and vote. That's the best way to combat a false narrative is to get out and prove you can do it,” she said.