Philadelphia City Commissioners
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.
Among the hardest-fought races of the 2011 Democratic primary in Philadelphia have been the races for city commissioners — the elected officers who are responsible for running the elections.
Low turnout is expected in Tuesday’s primary election in Philadelphia, but both official and unofficial watchdogs will be out to make sure things go smoothly.
The woman who oversees Philadelphia elections — City Commissioner Marge Tartaglione — finds that her own re-election bid is now being challenged because of her participation in the DROP pension program.