October 30, 1986 |
Three men, two of them election judges, were arrested by the district attorney's office yesterday on charges that they assaulted voters at two Northeast Philadelphia polling places during the May primary elections. Bernard Fisgaer, 61, an election judge in the 27th Division of the 56th Ward, was charged with indecent assault and violations of the elections code. He was accused of sexually harassing and grabbing the breast of a candidate running against his wife for Democratic committeewoman.
May 7, 1994 |
Election judges can get a little help from their friends on Tuesday - but not much, and probably not next time. That's the gist of a court ruling and a legal opinion yesterday on how local polling officials conduct Tuesday's primary election. A suit by five judges of elections sought to free them from rigid interpretation of the law. They were worried about the legality of getting help to set up and open voting machines, pick up and return election materials. Each of the city's 1,681 election divisions have five officials drawn from the major parties.
May 6, 1994 |
The attorney for a group of local polling officers yesterday withdrew his attempt to nullify a federal court order designed to prevent absentee-ballot fraud in Philadelphia. Benjamin Lerner, who represents six local election judges, told Common Pleas Court Judge Russell M. Nigro that he has dropped his opposition to the federal decree because there was no time left to affect the absentee-ballot process before the May 10 primary. The deadline for filing absentee ballots for Tuesday's primaries is 5 p.m. today.
May 4, 1994 |
Lawyers for a group of local election board workers attempted a legal end run yesterday around a federal court order requiring the city to conduct elections in strict accordance with the law. Five judges of elections - people paid $60 to run polling places - testified in state court that if they have to comply with the state Election Code, they won't be able to set up the polling place, handle the machines and supervise counting the vote in...
January 16, 1995 |
Joseph Ricca always votes in Philadelphia even though he has lived in New Jersey the last 17 years - minus the eight months he spent in Allenwood for vote fraud. Robert F. Koncir always votes in the city, too, although he moved to Blue Bell in 1993 when, according to his father-in-law, he "got disgusted" with Philadelphia. And John M. Palumbo Jr. has voted in Philadelphia for 21 years, but he has lived in Broomall for the last seven. Ricca, Koncir and Palumbo are not noteworthy merely for voting where they don't live.
November 13, 1987 |
If you were among the disenchanted voters who felt disenfranchised on Election Day by the two major party choices running for mayor - Democratic incumbent W. Wilson Goode and Republican Frank L. Rizzo - you may have elected to cast a write-in vote. If you did, there's a good chance your vote was never officially recorded on the tally sheets by election judges. So where did your vote wind up? More than likely, it's still on the paper roll inside the voting machine that you voted on, according to several election experts.
May 10, 1994 |
Philadelphia election officials yesterday sought to downplay worries that a federal judge's order for strict compliance with the state Election Code, and a criminal investigation into electoral abuses, would frighten some poll officials into staying home today. Frederick L. Voigt, executive director of the Committee of Seventy, a nonprofit group that monitors elections, said that preparations appeared to be going ahead as usual and that he expected no serious problems. "I suggest that we treat this calmly, treat it routinely, go vote," Voigt said at a news conference.
November 20, 2010
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has given Sarah Palin a lesson in "going rogue. " Murkowski, 53, completed a stunning turnaround by winning reelection as a write-in candidate. It was the first time in more than 50 years anyone was elected to the Senate as a write-in. Her victory over Republican tea-party candidate Joe Miller is a popular rebuke to Palin, who supported Miller. He defeated Murkowski in the GOP primary, but Murkowski stormed back in the general election. Murkowski persuaded more than 100,000 voters to write in her name.
November 30, 1989 |
Nobody but sheriff's deputies will be allowed to deliver election supplies to polling places in Montgomery County following an incident in which absentee ballots were left in the trunk of a candidate's car earlier this month. Newly-appointed Montgomery County Commissioner Floriana M. Bloss said at a special commissioners' meeting Nov. 22 that candidates will no longer be able to pick up the election boxes and deliver them to polling places. The boxes contain all paperwork for the election judges.
December 8, 1991 |
A group of Lansdowne Republicans who filed a petition for a new Borough Council election now say they will withdraw their request. Andrew J. Reilly, attorney for the 10 Republicans, said he would withdraw the petition because the Republicans would not be able to prove that the Nov. 5 election put them at a disadvantage. "With the evidence now, we couldn't meet the burden (of proof)," Reilly said. "The election was marred with errors. The law requires us to set forth facts that would change the results.