The 4-1-1 on today's voting

Posted: November 08, 2011

VOTERS TODAY will cast ballots ranging from the state Superior Court to who represents them on Philadelphia's City Council.

Mayor Nutter, up for a second term in today's General Election, wasn't taking any chances. He had former President Bill Clinton robo-calling voters yesterday.

"He's got a great record," Clinton told voters who received the recorded call. "He's worked hard through tough times."

Nutter, a Democrat, faces Republican Karen Brown and independent Wali "Diop" Rahman.

Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The weather looks spectacular for an election, with a high temperature expected near 70 degrees with clear skies.

Voters with complaints about polling-place issues can contact the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office today at 215-686-9641, 215-686-9643, 215-686-9644 or 215-686-9884.

Voters with questions or problems also can call the Committee of 70, a nonpartisan election-watchdog group, at 1-866-687-8683.

Voters will be greeted by a crowded ballot today, topped by judicial candidates seeking to win or retain seats on Superior Court, Commonwealth Court, Common Pleas Court, Municipal Court and Traffic Court. Voters have three minutes to cast their ballot, according to the Election Code, but polling-place staffers may allow more time if nobody is waiting in line to use a voting machine.

Candidates also are seeking seats on the Philadelphia City Commission, for City Council district and at-large seats, Register of Wills and Sheriff.

Cheri Honkala, a Green Party candidate for sheriff, yesterday urged voters to avoid casting "straight ticket" ballots that automatically vote for every candidate in one political party.

"We've got to vote for the person," and not just the party, said Honkala, who faces state Rep. Jewell Williams, a Democrat, and Republican Joshua West.

Voters also will be asked in two ballot questions whether they want to create a "rainy-day fund" for the city budget and whether they want to borrow $111 million to pay for capital projects such as transit, streets and sanitation, municipal buildings, parks, recreation, museums and economic and community development.

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