June 13, 2015 |
Philadelphia's millennial population is good at registering to vote. But getting to the polls and pushing the button? Not so much. Data from the city's May 19 primary show that while 321,342 Philadelphians between ages 18 and 34 were registered, only 38,686 voted. That's 12 percent, according to an analysis by City Commissioner Al Schmidt. Schmidt, one of the three commissioners who oversee city elections, found what pols and political scientists have seen in U.S. elections for years: the older the voter, the more likely he or she is to vote.
May 21, 2015 |
Despite an intensely contested Philadelphia mayoral campaign and a state Supreme Court race with historic overtones, party workers throughout the region Tuesday were fretting over an absent majority. Nonvoters evidently far outnumbered the voters, and final turnout figures likely would be low even for an off-year primary. Philadelphians were choosing a Democratic nominee and likely successor to the two-term Mayor Nutter. And the high court - which could rule on redistricting, death-penalty, and fracking cases - had three vacancies for the first time in more than 300 years.
November 20, 2014 |
Mayor Nutter's former spokesman Doug Oliver is running for mayor himself - maybe. Or so it seemed Tuesday with the announcement that Oliver, who now directs communications for the Philadelphia Gas Works, has formed a committee as part of what he called a "grassroots exploratory process" for the 2015 mayor's race. The committee, named DO2015, will first and foremost try to determine what voters want from their next mayor, Oliver said, and what it will take to increase voter turnout.
November 14, 2014
A graphic accompanying an article in Thursday's Inquirer about voter turnout in the Nov. 4 election contained incorrect voter numbers for New Jersey. In Camden County, 113,880 voters cast ballots, or 31.2 percent of the 364,500 who were eligible; in Burlington, 121,829 voters of 292,500, 41.6 percent, and Gloucester, 74,748 of 196,400, 38.1 percent.
November 4, 2014 |
PRESIDENT Obama came to the one place in Pennsylvania where he is still popular - Philadelphia - to stump yesterday for Tom Wolf's campaign for governor. Gov. Corbett, seeking a second term but trailing Wolf by double-digits in many polls, probably wishes Obama tried his luck in any other part of the state. Obama's approval rating is 51 percent in Philadelphia, according to last Wednesday's Daily News /Franklin & Marshall College Poll. His disapproval rating with registered voters in northeast, southwest, northwest and central Pennsylvania ranges from 73 percent to 76 percent.
September 23, 2014
LET'S TALK about you voting in the governor's race. Most of you won't be, especially if you live in Philly. Not saying this is good. Just saying that it is. See, we have apathy in gubernatorial elections. And I fear that it's getting worse. Over the past three decades, statewide voter turnout for governor topped 40 percent only once - in 2006, with 42 percent. In Philly, it never got up to 40 percent. In 1998, the re-election of Republican Gov. Tom Ridge, statewide turnout was just 32 percent.
November 6, 2013 |
Tuesday's general election is shaping up as a chance for Philadelphia voters to prove cynics wrong - by showing up at the city's 1,687 polling places in large numbers. Trouble is, no one really expects that to happen. With only one statewide judicial contest on the ballot and routine-looking reelection bids by two city officeholders, District Attorney Seth Williams and Controller Alan Butkovitz, most authorities are predicting extremely light turnout among Philadelphia's one million-odd registered voters, perhaps somewhere around 10 percent.
May 22, 2013 |
It may come as a surprise to many Pennsylvania voters, but Tuesday is primary election day, with balloting to choose party candidates for judgeships and a variety of local offices throughout the state's 67 counties. In Philadelphia, the marquee race is a three-way contest for city controller between incumbent Alan Butkovitz, who has held the post as the city's financial watchdog the last eight years, and challengers Brett Mandel and Mark Zecca. The city's voters will also be nominating candidates for six vacant judgeships on Common Pleas Court, three on Municipal Court, and three more on Traffic Court, where a ticket-fixing scandal has spurred legislative efforts to abolish the court before any more judges can be seated.
May 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Making history, America's blacks voted at higher rates than whites in 2012, lifting Democrat Barack Obama to victory amid voter apathy, particularly among young people, new census data show. Despite increasing population, the number of white voters declined for the first time since 1996. Blacks were the only race or ethnic group to show an increase in voter turnout in November, most notably in the Midwest and Southeast, the Census Bureau said Wednesday. The analysis, based on a sample survey of voters last year, is viewed as the best source of government data on turnout by race and ethnicity.
March 6, 2013
THE GOOD NEWS: Voters will not - repeat, not - be required to show ID in the May 21 primary. The two sides in the long-running suit over Pennsylvania's voter-ID law have agreed that voter ID will not be enforced during in the primary. The bad news: Unfortunately, that does not mean an end to this case, under legal challenge since the Legislature passed the voter-ID law last spring. It remains under review in Commonwealth Court. A full hearing on the merits won't be until July 15 and any decision, pro or con, will likely be appealed to the state Supreme Court.