By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The man in charge of the panel overseeing Philadelphia’s elections is declining to explain reports that he hasn’t voted since 2011.

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Anthony Clark, chairman of the City Commissioners, didn’t have much to say today when reporters asked him about last week’s City Paper report that Clark had failed to vote in the last five elections.

“That’s personal.  I have made a choice and that’s my private choice,” he said.  “Thank you very much.”

Clark, a Democrat who earns more than $130,000 a year, was asked after today’s City Commisisoners meeting what message his failure to vote sends to voters.

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“It sends to the voting public — that is, we do have privacy.  The main focus of our operation is to make sure that we do our job,” he replied.

Clark’s fellow commissioners steered clear of the controversy, with Republican Al Schmidt saying he was focused on a smooth election and Democrat Stephanie Singer saying it was up to Clark to explain.


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