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.
June 2, 1989 |
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.
October 4, 1992 |
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.
April 3, 1991 |
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.
August 28, 1992 |
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.
September 11, 1988 |
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.
September 4, 1988 |
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.
October 2, 1988 |
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.
October 12, 2012 |
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.