October 29, 1992 |
Tomorrow at 5 p.m. is the deadline for absentee ballots for Tuesday's election at the County Board of Elections in West Chester. This does not mean postmarked by 5 p.m. It does not mean, "Gee, I got tied up in traffic and sorry I'm late. " Nor does it mean registering for an absentee ballot and then turning it in at your polling place. "It has to physically be here by 5 p.m. - no exceptions," said Linda Cummings, director of Chester County Voters Services. Cummings said that Tuesday was the last day a voter could apply for an absentee ballot, and that more than 9,000 county voters have applied.
March 29, 1992 |
In a close election, every vote counts. The problem is, sometimes the officials do not count every vote. Consider some of the voters in the First Ward in Burlington City who cast absentee ballots in the 1991 general election in Burlington County. Bertha Gray handed her ballot to an acquaintance to mail. Lillian Ware's daughter told her mother she would post her ballot. Nancy Tiesi asked a friend to mail her ballot. Angelina Frappolli, who cannot see well, requested help in filling out her ballot before mailing it. Not one of those counted.
November 4, 2004 |
Philadelphia's absentee ballots will be counted after all - but not till tomorrow. Lawyers for the Republican Party and city officials agreed yesterday to open and count some 12,000 absentee votes, ending a dispute that reached federal court but lost steam as it became clear that the ballots would not change the outcomes of any races. The agreement was signed by U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. almost 24 hours after Philadelphia GOP leader Michael Meehan sued, contending that city officials had wrongly failed to provide the party with an advance copy of approved absentee voters.
November 2, 2012 |
THE DEADLINE to apply for absentee ballots in Pennsylvania has been extended until 5 p.m. Thursday due to Hurricane Sandy. The deadline to turn the ballots in remains Friday at 5 p.m. Philadelphia voters can obtain absentee ballots in Room 142 of City Hall, and can call the city elections office with any questions at 215-686-3469. Voters from outside the city should contact their county board of elections or go to votespa.com for more information. For information on where to vote in person on Nov. 6, go to: guide.seventy.org.
May 24, 2011 |
State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson has apparently won the Democratic nomination to replace Anna C. Verna as City Councilman from the Second District, representing most of South and Southwest Philadelphia. Johnson held a slim but solid 46-vote lead Monday over his nearest rival, Barbara Capozzi, as city election officials completed counting the absentee and provisional ballots cast in the Second District in last week's primary election. Absentee ballots for the rest of the city are expected to be counted Tuesday, possibly resolving the other too-close-to-call primary race – the contest between Karen Brown and John Featherman for the Republican mayoral nomination.
November 17, 1993
Civics lessons like these, we'd rather not have. But since the dispute over absentee balloting for Philadelphia's Second District state Senate seat is raging, at least it's exposed a piece of the city's election apparatus that is ripe for abuse. Question is, what, if anything, can be done? In the tight Senate race, absentee ballots boosted the number of votes for Democrat William Stinson over Republican Bruce Marks. The dispute is whether the Stinson forces rounded up absentee ballots from voters who were ineligible to use them since they were able to get to the polls.
November 2, 2006 |
Today is Election Day, as was yesterday and the day before. Many Americans will vote well before Tuesday, and while the convenience of choosing your day to vote is appealing, convenience should not be the only rule by which we run our elections. In 2004, nearly 25 percent of Americans voted before Election Day, almost 15 percent by absentee ballot and an additional 8 percent at early voting polling places. In 1980, absentee ballots were cast by only 5 percent of voters, and early voting at polling places was nonexistent.
October 30, 2008 |
More than 250,000 New Jerseyans already have decided to vote early this year using "no excuse" absentee ballots. Voters can still apply in person until 3 p.m. Monday. In the past, voters had to give a reason, such as travel or illness, to vote via absentee ballot. Since 2005 in New Jersey, they no longer do. People "like the fact they can vote after work," Gloucester County Clerk James Hogan said. "They like voting on Saturdays" at the mall. Voters can get absentee-ballot applications at county stores in Camden and Gloucester Counties this weekend or from any county clerk's office on weekdays.
April 2, 1994 |
They are thousands of miles from their native South Africa. But they will be able to share in the historic election by casting a ballot here in Philadelphia. For the first time, black and mixed-race South Africans will be permitted to vote. On April 26, adults who can prove they were born in South Africa can vote at polling places across the world, said Wesley Johanneson, a spokesman for the South African embassy in Washington, D.C. South Africans will vote via write-in ballot for two elections.
July 23, 1986 |
A Superior Court judge's ruling that invalidated absentee ballots filed in Eastampton Township's June primary will not affect the county absentee-voting process, the Burlington County clerk said yesterday. "Nothing will change," said Edward Kelly, who in 1975 chose and implemented the computerized punch-card system after studying voting procedures in three other counties. "I don't think it will change the system whatsoever. " Superior Court Judge Martin L. Haines ruled Monday that 18 absentee ballots filed in the election were invalid, in part because the process under which they were filed had never been formally approved by the county Board of Freeholders.