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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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NEWS
March 14, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
T. Milton Street Sr. is hoping that the third time truly will be a charm. After the weather twice derailed his plans to formally announce a run for the Democratic mayoral nomination, Street managed to pull off the campaign tradition Thursday evening at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in North Philadelphia. The question remains, however, whether he will be able to stay on the ballot until the May 19 primary. Street changed his voter registration in 2012 to "independent" to unsuccessfully run in a special election for the 197th District state House seat.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
T. Milton Street Sr. certainly presents himself as independent-minded. He has the voter registration to back that up. Street, a former state senator who served 26 months in federal prison for unpaid taxes before running for mayor in 2011, filed nominating petitions Tuesday to run again for mayor, as a Democrat. One problem: The city Board of Elections lists him as a registered "independent," not a Democrat. "I changed that a long time ago," Street said Wednesday when alerted to his registration status.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Green IV is no longer chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. Could a bid for mayor be next? Green, a lifelong Democrat and son of a former mayor, changed his voter registration Tuesday to "no affiliation. " Asked if he was contemplating a run for mayor as an independent in the Nov. 3 general election, Green said Wednesday that he is "keeping all of [his] options open. ". Green made the change at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, walking through the throng of candidates filing nomination petitions to be listed on the May 19 primary election ballot.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
DOUG OLIVER, former press secretary for Mayor Nutter and currently an executive at Philadelphia Gas Works, is considering a run for mayor. From a fourth-floor office at the Bellevue yesterday, he announced the launch of an exploratory committee that will work to gauge his chances of succeeding Nutter in 2015. The "DO2015" exploratory committee is what Oliver describes as a "grass-roots, crowd-initiated and crowd-funded effort to re-engage the Philadelphia voter. " Oliver took some heat when, in 2012, he changed his voter registration to Republican.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Registering to vote online in Pennsylvania is a no-go. Access to absentee ballots is limited, and if you have trouble speaking or reading English and need assistance voting, the help you need might be tough to find. The state received a mixed report card in a national study released Tuesday on best practices at the polls in 10 swing states. The study by Common Cause, a Washington-based good-government nonprofit, rated the state positively on training for poll workers, accommodating disabled voters, and recordkeeping.
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
WELL, THIS is awkward. Anthony Clark, who heads the three-person panel in charge of Philadelphia elections and voter registration, apparently isn't really into, ya know . . . voting . The Committee of Seventy wants Clark to leave at the end of his term if he can't disprove a report in yesterday's Philadelphia City Paper that he missed the last five elections. "It's astonishing that the head of the board that oversees Philadelphia's elections doesn't vote," Ellen Kaplan, the watchdog group's interim president and CEO, said in a statement.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THERE WILL BE no rematch next month between former state Rep. Babette Josephs and state Rep. Brian Sims, the man who defeated her in 2012 after 14 terms in Center City's 182nd District. Josephs was removed from the May 20 Democratic primary ballot yesterday after a Commonwealth Court judge ruled that she did not have the required 300 signatures from registered voters on her nomination petitions. Josephs submitted 599 signatures but her lawyer and the lawyer for those challenging her petitions agreed before the one-hour hearing that only 467 of them were potentially viable.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Often highly skilled and high-achieving, Asian immigrants are frequently portrayed as America's "model minorities" - cliched as hardworking greengrocers or math-whiz entrepreneurs. But a new report on Asian Americans in Philadelphia released Wednesday challenges the stereotypes with a complex portrait of a community comprising more than two dozen countries of origin, and mixed levels of comfort and attainment. Disaggregating Asians by their ethnicities, the report finds pockets of poverty, gaps in education, trouble securing affordable housing, and other critical needs.
NEWS
January 30, 2014
THE NIGHT of his re-election, President Obama promised to address the problem of hours-long lines at polling places. "We have to fix that," he said. Fourteen months later, the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration has released a 100-plus page compendium of sensible, nonideological best practices to improve a confusing, antiquated system. The recommendations aim to ensure that no American waits more than 30 minutes to vote. They provide a useful road map for states to improve their systems - if politicians and election officials believe it's their job to make it as easy as possible for everyone to vote.
NEWS
November 2, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
NARBERTH Narberth voters will have a few choices to make in Tuesday's municipal election: Democrat, Democrat, Democrat, or Democrat? Montgomery County and many of its inner-ring suburbs have experienced a leftward political shift in recent years, but the change has been especially acute in Narberth, a cozy one-square-mile borough not far from the city line where no Republican has run for municipal office since 2009. Narberth Democrats have a whopping 37 percentage-point lead in voter registration - compared with 7.8 points countywide and 29.3 points in Lower Merion, which encircles Narberth.
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