Yo, Philly: Go vote!

Posted: May 21, 2014

YO, PHILLY, it's time to vote!

Polls open at 7 a.m. for today's high-stakes primary elections and close at 8 p.m.

Go to VotesPa.com, find your polling place and help decide who will run for governor, Congress, the state General Assembly and a bunch of other positions.

Pennsylvania is a closed-primary state, meaning that only Democrats can vote in Democratic-nominating contests and likewise for Republicans.

But if you're not registered with either party, you still have reasons to vote. There are three proposed amendments to the city Home Rule Charter on today's ballot, plus a special election for a vacant City Council seat. In that match, Democrat Ed Neilson, Republican Matthew Wolfe and Libertarian Nikki Allen Poe are facing off for the seat vacated by School Reform Commission chairman Bill Green IV.

Democrats in the city will help decide who challenges Gov. Corbett in the November election. The candidates are state Treasurer Rob McCord, former Clinton White House aide Katie McGinty, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and businessman Tom Wolf.

They'll also help pick a nominee - and likely winner - for the congressional seat being vacated by Schwartz. The Democratic candidates are physician Valerie Arkoosh, state Rep. Brendan Boyle, former state Sen. Daylin Leach and former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies.

Additionally, 15 state representatives and two state senators from Philly are being challenged in Democratic primaries.

If you see some funny business at the polls - voter intimidation, cheating, etc. - call the good-government group Committee of Seventy at 215-557-3600. They'll have lawyers and volunteers roaming the city to make sure everything is on the up and up.

On Twitter: @SeanWalshDN

Blog: ph.ly/PhillyClout

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