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(Shane Creamer of the city's Board of Ethics, left.  Ellen Kaplan of the watchdog group Committee of 70, right.
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Phila. Lawmakers OK $99 Limit On Gifts To City Workers — With Exceptions

Shane Creamer (left), of the city’s Board of Ethics, backed the limit. Ellen Kaplan of the watchdog group Committee of 70 (right), thinks it should be lower.

02/24/2014

(The empty ballroom at Bellevue, where Chris Christie was scheduled to speak Thursday morning. Credit: Paul Kurtz.)

Gov. Christie Cancels Thursday Appearance In Philadelphia

More than 600 people were expected to show up at the Bellevue to hear Chris Christie speak. But early Wednesday evening, the Committee of 70’s president and CEO Zack Stallberg got a call from Christie’s office that the Governor was sick and had to cancel.

11/14/2013

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams leads a news briefing on election day activities. (credit: Steve Tawa)

Officials In Philadelphia Ready To Monitor Election Day Activities, Problems At Polls

City, election, and good government officials want to make sure everyone behaves around polling places on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

11/05/2012

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Voter Watchdog Warns Of Misleading Robocalls

With Election Day just hours away, voters have been receiving unsolicited advice on how to cast a ballot at the polls. Voting watchdogs say some of the messaging is misleading and incorrect.

11/05/2012

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Pa. Voter Registration Deadline Tomorrow

In order to vote in Pennsylvania you must be 18, be a US citizen and live in Pennsylvania for at least 30 days. You must also fill out the voting registration form in person or mail it in to your county commissioner’s office.

10/08/2012

An example of acceptable photo ID voters need before casting their ballot. (Credit: votespa.com)

In Pennsylvania, Getting A Voter ID Could Be A Little Easier

The Department of State has made a change to voter ID procedures that will mean one less trip to PennDOT for Pennsylvania-born voters.

09/16/2012

(Groups are trying to spread awareness to voters about Pennsylvania's voter ID law ahead of the November election.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Commonwealth Court To Rule On Pa. Voter ID Law This Week

Although the actual impact of a ruling is unclear, grassroots organizations say they will continue voter education efforts on the law until there is a final decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

08/13/2012

(Pa. woman holds her new voter ID. Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Voter ID Law A ‘Solution In Search Of A Problem’? Watchdogs Find Little Evidence Of Fraud

Pennsylvania’s voter ID law has been at the center of controversy in past weeks, since many opponents say the law is a solution in search of a problem.

07/16/2012

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Political Watchdog Wants New Superintendent Contract Details Made Public

“The problem, of course, is that Arlene Ackerman, the last Superintendent, got a big salary and a lot of bonuses and a lot of side deals,” Committee Of Seventy CEO Zack Stalberg said. “And we’re trying to avoid that.”

06/28/2012

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Pennsylvania’s New Voter ID Card Law – What You Need To Know

Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law requires that, beginning in November of this year, all voters present a photo ID every time they vote. But you need to plan ahead.

04/19/2012

(Poll workers wait for voters at an Old City Philadelphia polling place just before noon.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

Rain, Lack of Interest Make For Low Turnout In Philadelphia Primaries

The election watchdog group Committee of Seventy expects only 13 to 14 percent of voters to turnout for Tuesday’s primaries in the City of Philadelphia.

05/17/2011

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Mayor Nutter Calls For Election Ethics Reform

A day after the city’s Ethics Board announced fines against a top Philadelphia elections official — who was engaging in her own political activities — Mayor Nutter is weighing in with a call for reform.

12/08/2010

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‘Light’ Voter Turnout In Philadelphia With Few Disputes

The Committee of Seventy, an election watchdog group, describes turnout throughout the Philadelphia region as “light.” There are also some reports of disputes at a few locations.

11/02/2010

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