Philadelphia City Commissioners
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.
It was a coup by two of the three commissioners, making themselves co-chairmen of the panel.
The Philadelphia City Commission held its final pre-election meeting on Friday morning to discuss final preparations for Tuesday’s general election.
Philadelphia elections officials insist they’ll be ready to go for the presidential election come Tuesday, despite the two days lost to Hurricane Sandy.
Stephanie Singer, chairperson of the three-member board of city commissioners, which runs Philadelphia elections, sent an e-mail urging support for Pres. Obama.
City officials say not to worry, they’ll get it done in time.
There was applause but not quite jubilation when the Pa. Voter ID Coalition got the news that photo ID cards would not be necessary for next month’s election.
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.
Philadelphia election officials, anxious to make sure voters have photo ID, are waiting impatiently for data from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
City commissioner Stephanie Singer says voting results from at least 10 divisions in last year’s primary show what’s called “over-voting” — that’s when the number of votes recorded exceeds the number of voters who showed up.
A voters’ rights group held a rally on Wednesday at a Penndot driver’s licensing center in center city Philadelphia, to get the word out about the new voter ID law.
“By this I mean one person working for one day, and getting paid for two jobs,” city commissioner Stephanie Singer explains. “We’re stopping it.”
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.
Election night results showed David Oh leading Al Taubenberger by about 150 votes.
The official citywide count will begin on Friday, and continue over the weekend and through next Wednesday.
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