PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Nutter is requesting feedback on the November 2012 voting experience.
Back in December, the mayor appointed a six-member committee to review the November election in order to analyze feedback from the public about any problems that happened on Election Day.
Two public meetings are currently scheduled: February 6, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM in the Mayor’s Reception Room, 2nd floor of City Hall, and February 28, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM at Bright Hope Baptist Church, 1601 N. 12th Street.
“We’ve heard stories ranging from long-time voters not being found in the poll book to improperly filed provisional ballots,” Nutter says. “In most cases, though, these stories are anecdotes. We need to put names and faces on these problems.”
Managing Director Richard Negrin says there are claims that voter registration delays caused inaccuracies in poll books, which in turn resulted in the increased use of provisional ballots.
“Slightly more than 4% of Philadelphians voted by provisional ballot,” Negrin says. “Our initial research shows that this is a much higher number than the rest of the state. We want to find out why it was higher and we need the public’s help to do that.”
Voters are encouraged to share their experience or make recommendations by visiting the website www.phila.gov/election2012, and by calling or texting (267) 209-FACT. Voters need to include their contact information and voting location in case follow-up is needed.