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September 23, 2008
The Rev. Al Sharptonwas in Philadelphia yesterday to encourage voter-registration and to help ensure that alleged voting irregularities in the last two presidential elections are not repeated this year. On Locust Walk on the Penn campus, he handed out voter-registration forms and spoke to about 200 people. "In 2000, they robbed us of votes in Florida; in 2004, they robbed us of votes in Ohio," Sharpton told the outdoor crowd. "I'm on tour to make sure you are registered to vote before Oct. 6 in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
June 2, 1989 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
A statewide petition drive for voter-registration reform, sponsored by Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition, was unveiled in Camden yesterday as officials sought to build momentum for legislation that would make voter registration more accessible. Lawrence Hamm, state chairman of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Rainbow Coalition, and various state and city officials said they wanted to keep voter-registration reform in the public eye to build support for state and federal legislation.
NEWS
October 4, 1992 | By Lyn A.E. McCafferty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Voter-registration hours have been extended in Delaware County so prospective voters can beat tomorrow's deadline to be eligible to cast ballots in the Nov. 3 general election. The Voter Registration Commission office at the County Government Center in Media will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, said William A. Lovejoy Jr., the county's public relations director. Anyone in line to register at 7 p.m. will not be turned away, Lovejoy said. But those arriving after 7 will not be permitted to register.
NEWS
April 3, 1991 | By Katharine Seelye, Inquirer Staff Writer
They were just slips of paper, but when Christopher A. Lewis shook them in a cardboard box, they produced a sound he called "magical. " They were voter registration forms. And until yesterday, a citizen couldn't find them - or register to vote - at state agencies in Pennsylvania. "Hear that sound?" asked a delighted Lewis, who is secretary of the commonwealth and in charge of elections, as he shook the box at the state's Uptown Job Center at Fairmount Avenue and Broad Street.
REAL_ESTATE
August 28, 1992 | By David I. Turner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Board of Realtors is hoping to make it easier for home buyers to register to vote at their new city address. Under a plan announced Monday, the board is trying to get all 2,200 Realtors in the city to provide voter-registration forms to buyers at settlement. Last year, a slow one for real estate, there were just under 4,000 real estate transactions in the city. The board is following the lead of the National Association of Realtors, which has been urging local boards to encourage voter registration.
NEWS
September 11, 1988 | By Terence Samuel, Inquirer Staff Writer
As this year's presidential election campaign enters the homestretch, the League of Women Voters of the Media Area is attempting to enlarge the pool of area voters. Last week, the league began a voter registration drive at the Plum Street Gazebo in downtown Media. On Wednesday, league workers will visit the Delaware County Campus of Pennsylvania State University in Media. And, on Sept. 27, they will visit Delaware County Community College. Katherine Miller, president of the Voters Service for the league's Media chapter, said the league has a good reason for spending so much time at local high schools and colleges.
NEWS
September 4, 1988 | By Yvette Ousley, Special to The Inquirer
Area Leagues of Women Voters are gearing up for Election Day 1988 by participating in the nationwide voter registration day on Friday. Pennsylvania residents must meet an Oct. 11 registration deadline to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election. Those who are 18 or will turn 18 by the day after Election Day may register to vote. In addition, those who have moved, have changed their names or have not voted in two years must re- register to vote. College students who live out of state should register in their hometowns and arrange to vote through absentee ballot.
NEWS
October 2, 1988 | By Doreen Carvajal, Inquirer Washington Bureau
He's back on the road again, dutifully pleading for support while other erstwhile presidential candidates have long since retreated to the obscurity of life outside the range of TV cameras. But now when former candidate Jesse Jackson clutches a microphone in some Southern gymnasium, his pitch is for voter registration pledges instead of campaign contributions wadded in empty Kentucky Fried Chicken buckets. It is not the massive voter registration drive that Jackson announced in June with enthusiastic press releases and a news conference on the steps of a California church.
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer
Good-government group the Committee of Seventy is concerned about a backlog of voter registration applications in the City Commission's office ahead of the Nov. 6 presidential election. Seventy President Zack Stalberg wrote to city officials that it appears the number of unprocessed registrations may exceed 20,000, "raising the possibility that potential voters will not be registered - or know whether they are registered - in time to vote on Election Day. " "We got calls from a number of voters who were concerned they didn't get their voter registration yet," said Ellen Kaplan, policy director for the Committee of Seventy, adding that it would like to help by either recruiting volunteers to assist commission staff or urging the Commissioners to hire temporary workers that can help tackle the backlog.
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August 27, 2016 | By Elizabeth Campbell, NEWS21 PROJECT
TEMPE, Ariz. - Students at Rollins College in Florida are designing custom "I voted" stickers for absentee voters. The University of Southern California has partnered with county officials to host voter registration events with prizes, games and free food. And at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the student government plans campuswide voter registration drives as well. Across the country, groups and organizations promoting civic engagement among college students have spent hundreds - if not thousands - of hours trying to galvanize this large, yet often elusive, group of potential voters.
NEWS
August 24, 2016 | By Sean Holstege, NEWS21 PROJECT
Third of seven parts. SPARTA, Ga. - The cleansing of America's voter registration rolls occurs every two years and has become a legal battleground between politicians who say the purges are fair and necessary, and voting rights advocates who contend that they discriminate. Voting rights groups repeatedly have challenged states' registration purges, including those in Ohio, Georgia, Kansas, and Iowa, contending that black, Latino, poor, young and homeless voters have been disproportionately purged.
NEWS
April 26, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
WHEN MARIAN Tasco became a city commissioner in 1984, she expected to have her hands full running Philadelphia's far-flung election operations. She was quickly disabused of that notion. "I really had nothing to do," Tasco said in an interview last week, explaining that she discovered that the day-to-day work was handled by the city service staff. The three elected city commissioners were there just to set policy during their weekly meetings. "What I did to keep myself busy and engaged," Tasco said, "I began working with the students, high schools, setting up voter registration, voter education programs.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Expecting a strong turnout at next week's elections, a group of voter watchdogs Wednesday reminded people to speak up if they have problems at the polls. "If you see something, say something," said Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh. "Something out of bounds. Some intimidation. Some potentially illegal activity. " Thornburgh was joined by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, whose office will have dozens of employees on hand Tuesday to investigate claims of illegal voting and electioneering, among other issues.
NEWS
March 28, 2016
The first name of Villanova basketball player Kris Jenkins was spelled incorrectly in a front-page caption in some editions of Sunday's Inquirer. A "News in Brief" item Sunday contained an incorrect Web address for voter registration in Pennsylvania. The address is www.votespa.com .  
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia Democrats with strong ties to their party's local establishment easily won low-turnout special elections Tuesday to fill a pair of vacant seats in the state House. Tonyelle Cook-Artis, longtime chief of staff to former State Rep. Cherelle Parker and former aide to then-City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, bested Republican Latryse McDowell to win the 200th District seat. Parker, who won a 2005 special election in the 200th District, which covers Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy, resigned in January to take a seat on City Council.
NEWS
September 7, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New Jersey Democrats, anticipating a veto from Gov. Christie, are considering asking voters to amend the constitution to bring sweeping changes to the state's voting laws. In doing so, they're betting on a reliable but controversial strategy to advance policy initiatives that would otherwise stall under the Republican governor and presidential candidate. Democrats, who control both chambers in Trenton, have turned to the ballot box to skirt Christie on such measures as raising the minimum wage and dedicating funding for open space.
NEWS
August 29, 2015 | By Chris Palmer and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - You can order groceries online these days, stream live TV, hail a cab, and schedule when your dry cleaning will be picked up. As of Thursday, Pennsylvania residents can add another item to the list: register to vote. Gov. Wolf announced that the state had launched a website that allows its 10 million or so eligible voters to submit a registration application online. The initiative makes Pennsylvania the 23d state to digitize registration. New Jersey is not one of them.
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