Committee of Seventy
City, election, and good government officials want to make sure everyone behaves around polling places on Tuesday in Philadelphia.
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.
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.
The Department of State has made a change to voter ID procedures that will mean one less trip to PennDOT for Pennsylvania-born voters.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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