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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Lehigh County Commissioners reviewed the 2019 election and previewed the 2020 election with the county's chief clerk of elections during their Tuesday night meeting.

Timothy Benyo, Lehigh County's chief clerk of elections, acknowledged it wasn't perfect, but said it wasn't bad, either.

"This year was definitely a learning experience," Benyo told commissioners the night of the general election.

The learning experience involved a new format, which involved a hard copy of every vote. Previously Benyo had called the 2019 election "a dress rehearsal." The top issue that emerged was undoubtedly voter privacy, or some lack thereof, when casting ballots.

Tuesday night, Benyo acknowledged "some of the privacy issues were warranted." He added that each polling place did receive a quad booth for privacy. Benyo said "I thought (voters) would wait in line" to use it, and “I underestimated" how few would.

Benyo told commissioners that privacy concerns "will be addressed" for 2020.

In other news, commissioners approved a professional services agreement with Noelker and Hull Associates to provide all-inclusive architectural and engineering services for the design and construction of a new wing and renovations to existing facilities at the Allentown campus of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation.

"Thank you commissioners," Rick Molchany, the county's director of general services, said following the vote. "This is a real important step."

"It's about time we put shovels into the ground," Commissioner Percy Dougherty said.

Chairman Marty Nothstein was absent from Tuesday night's meeting.