“I have made a choice and that’s my private choice,” said Anthony Clark, chairman of the panel that oversees Philadelphia’s election process. “Thank you very much.”
The head of the election watchdog group Committee of 70 reacts: “One would assume that the person who runs local elections would be the first in line to vote. … I think it sends a very poor message to city voters.”
A staff report found that more than 7,600 ballots were disqualified from the count because, in the majority of cases, they were cast by people who were not registered to vote.
Thousands of Philadelphia voters showed up at the polls last week, only to find their names were not on the official voting rolls.
It was a coup by two of the three commissioners, making themselves co-chairmen of the panel.
Minority city commissioner Al Schmidt says his probe into the May primary is not related to, nor prompted by, the furor over the state’s new voter ID law.
In a low-key event, the Philadelphia city commissioners have elected Stephanie Singer as their chairwoman, succeeding Marge Tartaglione, who ran the office for several decades.
There’s a new sheriff in town.