June 27, 2015 |
A Philadelphia judge has dismissed witness-intimidation charges against the relative of four North Philadelphia election workers accused of adding votes to the machine after the polls closed in the November general election. Municipal Court Judge Roger F. Gordon said Thursday that he could see no evidence of a crime on a dark surveillance videotape prosecutors said showed Brandon Way, 31, slashing the car tires of a poll watcher who had reported the alleged fraud by Way's relatives. Assistant District Attorney Michael Bonner said he would review the evidence and likely refile the charges in Common Pleas Court.
November 4, 2014 |
District Attorney Seth Williams on Monday announced the creation of a task force aimed at combating election-day fraud. The Election Fraud Task Force will specially assign assistant district attorneys and detectives to investigate election fraud allegations, instead of handling them "based on where and when the complaints came into the office," Williams said in a statement. "For far too long, it has been assumed that election day in Philadelphia involves inappropriate actions at the polls.
February 22, 2014 |
Spelling is everything if you're running as a write-in candidate for public office. The only such votes that count are the ones that precisely match the candidate's name. Still, Dianah Gregory may have tried a little too hard last November in her quest for the post of judge of election in North Philadelphia's Precinct 28-10. The job pays $100 a day, but there are only two work days a year. According to the District Attorney's Office, Gregory, 65, of the 2600 block of North Douglas Street, went so far as writing her name in marker near the write-in spot inside the voting booth as well as going behind the curtain to help people cast their votes.
March 6, 2013
THE GOOD NEWS: Voters will not - repeat, not - be required to show ID in the May 21 primary. The two sides in the long-running suit over Pennsylvania's voter-ID law have agreed that voter ID will not be enforced during in the primary. The bad news: Unfortunately, that does not mean an end to this case, under legal challenge since the Legislature passed the voter-ID law last spring. It remains under review in Commonwealth Court. A full hearing on the merits won't be until July 15 and any decision, pro or con, will likely be appealed to the state Supreme Court.
November 5, 2012
HERE'S WHAT will be making news in Philadelphia this week: CITY HALL Election Day In case you've been outside the country for months, Tuesday is Election Day. Here are a few things to think about as you get ready to cast ballots for president. * Check your polling place. You can do that through the state website: www.votespa.com * Review the ballot. For a copy, go to the Committee of Seventy's website: www.seventy.org/Elections_Philadelphia_Sample_Ballots.aspx . * Know your rights.
September 25, 2012
Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News spotlighting a name in the news away from the job. IT'S AUTUMN'S FIRST Sunday, a glorious one, but Stephanie Singer can't just ride a horse into the sunset. She's got an election to run in 43 days. Instead, the Philadelphia City Commission chairwoman hops onto a horse named Carousel at McCarthy Stables to work on her trotting and cantering. She does this a couple of times a week. "It really is totally away from everything," she says, as the Anglo-Arab horse stomps in the dirt to shake a fly from its leg. "I feel like I'm not in the city.
September 24, 2012
China cancels its Japan events TOKYO - China has canceled events to commemorate 40 years of diplomatic relations with Japan, further signaling its anger over a simmering territorial dispute. Japanese Foreign Ministry official Hiroaki Sakamoto confirmed that China has canceled events, planned for Thursday. China's Xinhua news agency, citing officials with the China-Japan Friendship Association and another government-affiliated group, reported Sunday that the events would be held "at a proper time.
September 19, 2012 |
T HE PROBLEM nags at supporters of the state's voter-ID law - they say that the controversial legislation will stop widespread voter fraud, but they have no evidence to show that the problem exists. John Fund, a conservative columnist who released books in 2004 and last month claiming that voter fraud is rampant, attempted Monday to defend the law during a panel discussion at the National Constitution Center. Former Gov. Ed Rendell, who opposes the law, moderated the debate and pressed for explanations about why it is needed since attorneys for the state, during a legal challenge this summer, said that they could offer no evidence that in-person voter fraud occurs.
August 18, 2012
Voting a right Voting is a right, not a privilege, and this basic right is being threatened by the new voter-ID law ("Judge upholds voter-ID law," Thursday). Not only does the law violate the Pennsylvania Constitution, which states elections should be "free and equal," it also violates Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states everyone has the right to take part in one's government. This law impacts women, minorities, older adults, individuals with disabilities, young voters, and people living in poverty.