November 3, 2004 |
For the first time in a presidential election, provisional ballots were used in most states, including Pennsylvania, where there were scattered reports of shortages and confusion over the new method of voting. Under a 2002 federal law, prospective voters can use provisional ballots if there are questions about their eligibility to vote. The large turnout and high number of first-time voters left some Pennsylvania officials from Allegheny County to eastern Delaware County without enough ballots.
December 6, 2012 |
Philadelphia's city commissioners moved a step closer Wednesday to understanding why voters had to cast more than twice as many provisional ballots in the 2012 presidential election as in 2008, but the initial review raised as many questions as it answered. Many of the problems occurred because of mistakes by poll workers and voters themselves, according to a preliminary report by Gregory Irving, the commissioners' acting voter registration administrator. In 2012, 27,355 voters cast provisional ballots, up from 12,733 in 2008.
December 8, 2004
Not long ago in Pennsylvania - as recently as the 2000 presidential election - there would have been few remedies for nearly 54,000 voters turned away because their names weren't on the rolls. In Philadelphia, these voters could have spent the next several hours making an appearance before a local elections-court judge who might, or might not, affirm their right to vote. In the suburbs, they would have had to make the possibly long trek to the county seat to lodge an appeal.
November 9, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY Mayor Lorenzo Langford took to the airwaves Thursday to say he had not quite meant to fully concede the race to challenger and declared victor Don Guardian on Tuesday night. With unofficial results showing Guardian leading by 347 votes, Langford told Harry Hurley on talk radio WPG 1450 he would wait for 518 provisional votes to be examined. The Atlantic County Board of Elections initially said it would meet Friday to do just that, then abruptly canceled that meeting shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday "until further notice due to lack of a quorum," said Linda Gilmore, a spokewoman for the county.
November 21, 2012 |
BECAUSE MORE THAN 27,000 voters were required to cast provisional ballots on Election Day, City Controller Alan Butkovitz announced Tuesday that he wants to conduct an audit of this year's election process. The number of voters who cast provisional ballots in this month's presidential election was more than double the amount in 2008, and Butkovitz said he wants to get to the bottom of it after election results are certified. "It looks like there were an awful lot of complaints by people who said they've been in the poll books for years," Butkovitz said.
December 7, 2012 |
THE MAJORITY of city voters forced to use provisional ballots in the Nov. 6 presidential election should have been able to vote regularly, according to a preliminary report released Wednesday by the City Commissioners. Of the 27,355 provisional ballots cast, 14,407 were from voters listed properly in poll books or supplemental sheets, and 5,263 were from people who properly registered but weren't included in polling material. One of the primary reasons for the errors, according to the report, was that the status of voters who were not 18 when they registered was not updated before polling material was printed.
November 7, 2012 |
A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge has refused to order the Board of Elections to deliver extra provisional ballots to all polling places in the city, saying reports of ballot shortages appeared to be exaggerated. Pamela Pryor Dembe, president judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, rejected a petition from Organizing for America, a ground-level arm of the Democratic National Committee. National Democrats have been leaning heavily on the City Commissioners, who oversee the Board of Elections, to send more provisional ballots based on reports that many people were not appearing in the poll books, and that polling places were running out of provisional ballots that would be their only alternative for voting.
November 7, 1997 |
A late-night letter from the state attorney general on Election Night ordered the provisional ballots in all counties to be impounded, and that has stalled final vote counts for state, county and municipal races. Around midnight on Tuesday, when the gubernatorial race was still neck-and-neck, Attorney General Peter Verniero ordered counties to place the provisional ballots under lock and key and posted state troopers on 24-hour guard. Yesterday, the troopers remained in place as candidates and party officials across the state awaited the official results of some of the closest races.
November 30, 2012 |
Two Camden County races that narrowly favored Republican candidates as of the Election Day count flipped after officials counted provisional ballots and certified the results, the county said Wednesday. Camden and 13 other New Jersey counties were granted extensions last week to certify their results. Election officials had a significant delay in counting because of Hurricane Sandy, which prompted the state to let residents vote in any county. In the Stratford Borough Council race, Democrat Frank Gagliardi trailed Republican Albert Adolf by one vote Nov. 6. But when the county certified the results Tuesday, Gagliardi, the incumbent, had won by 15 votes, according to the Camden County Clerk's Office.
November 13, 2012 |
About 27,100 people were required to vote by provisional ballot when they showed up at Philadelphia polling places last week - about double the number who were forced to use provisional ballots in the 2008 presidential election. The figures reinforce complaints from the watchdog group Committee of Seventy about the relatively large numbers of would-be voters whose names were not listed in division poll books when they arrived at the polling stations. In those situations, voters are not allowed access to the city's electronic voting machines.