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May 18, 2011 | Associated Press
DRIZZLY WEATHER and a dearth of exciting contests were helping hold down voter turnout in yesterday's primary as Democrats and Republicans picked nominees for a pair of statewide judgeships and numerous posts in county and local governments, according to spot checks with elections officials in more than a half-dozen counties. "Very slow," Ingrid Healy, the Blair County elections director in Hollidaysburg, said of the pace at the polls. "It's a closed primary and people don't take as much interest in the local races.
NEWS
November 9, 2000 | By Cynthia Burton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An adrenaline-pumped, sleep-deprived Philadelphia Democratic Chairman Bob Brady yesterday flatly declared: "We did good in the city. We kicked butt. " Indeed, Philadelphia's famous Democratic bump carried Pennsylvania for Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore over Republican George W. Bush. In raw numbers, Gore's 342,600-vote lead over Bush in Philadelphia was the best a Democrat has pulled from the city since 1964, when Lyndon Johnson beat Barry Goldwater by 430,912 votes.
NEWS
May 25, 1986 | By Louise Harbach, Special to The Inquirer
As the June 3 primary comes closer, several of the candidates for the Moorestown Township Council say that interest in the election is picking up. The interest apparently is being generated by the battle for council seats, the first time in eight years that there is a contest among Republicans for the council posts. Three candidates are running for two four-year terms. "Although most people in Moorestown have never been to a council meeting, interest in the race has picked up," said Howard A. Miller Jr., 48, an incumbent who is seeking his third term.
NEWS
May 18, 2011 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
The polls were chilly, wet, and lonely Tuesday as few Philadelphians decided that races for mayor, Council, and other city posts were interesting enough to lure them to the voting booth. "It's as slow as cold molasses here today," Election Judge K. Helena Davis said inside the fire station at Chelten Avenue and Baynton Street in Germantown. "To a point where some of the poll workers already left. There is not any excitement here. " Reviewing the turnout about 5 p.m., Ellen Mattleman Kaplan, vice president of the watchdog group Committee of Seventy, called the turnout "anemic" and "pathetic.
NEWS
November 3, 1987 | By RON GOLDWYN, Daily News Staff Writer (Staff writers Michael Days, Edward Moran and Joseph Grace contributed to this report.)
A moderate to heavy voter turnout appeared to be in the works today under warm, cloudy skies as Philadelphians were turning out in impressive numbers at the polls to choose between Mayor Goode and former Mayor Frank L. Rizzo. "Moderate to heavy, but it's early in the day and the polls don't close until 8 p.m., so I think it's premature to absolutely categorize it," said Frederick L. Voigt, executive director of the watchdog Committee of Seventy. Voigt said the relatively high voter turnout appeared to be "running about the same throughout the city," a conclusion that was backed up by random Daily News checks of polling places.
NEWS
October 30, 2010 | By CHRIS BRENNAN, brennac@phillynews.com 215-854-5973
TWO LESSONS from the race for governor: State Attorney General Tom Corbett, the front-running Republican, is gaffe-prone. And Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, his Democratic challenger, pounces each time Corbett blunders aloud. Corbett, addressing Delaware County Republicans on Thursday, noted Democratic efforts to pump up voter turnout in Philadelphia for Tuesday's general election. Gov. Rendell has said he wants at least 50 percent of the city's Democrats to vote. "We want to make sure that they don't get 50 percent," Corbett said.
NEWS
May 19, 1997 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
Traditional political wisdom gets measured tomorrow as voters statewide pick judicial candidates in a primary election that - typical of judicial races - takes place with almost no public notice. In all, 25 candidates are running for six state judgeships. Just two candidates are from Philadelphia, 20 are men, and 18 of the 25 already are judges at the state or local level. But with voters in each party picking candidates to fill vacancies on three state courts, and with voter turnout expected to be low, experts look to the past to predict the outcomes.
NEWS
September 5, 1991 | By GEORGE F. WILL
In 1963 President Kennedy appointed a commission to suggest reforms to increase voter turnout. Seventeen of its 18 recommendations to make voting easier were fully or partially adopted. Since then, turnout has declined steadily. Now, in another exercise in missing the point, Washington reformers are trying to pass S.250, the "motor voter" bill to require states to ease, still further, voter registration. States would be required to register to vote anyone applying for or renewing a driver's license.
NEWS
November 3, 1999 | By Candace Heckman and Erika Hobbs, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Despite a fierce campaign in the last two months that included GOP-led attacks of the all-Democrat Board of Freeholders, incumbents pulled out easy victories in yesterday's election. Raymond J. Zane 2d, Stephen M. Sweeney and James G. Atkinson will keep their three-year seats on the seven-member board after a roller-coaster campaign by challengers who fought the incumbents with negative campaign tactics. The incumbents won by a wide margin. Independent Joe LaPorta and Republicans Samuel Hart, Susan L. Graham and David F. Ferrucci lost their bids for posts in county government.
NEWS
February 26, 2013 | By Sophia Tareen, Associated Press
CHICAGO - Candidates for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s former congressional seat made their final push for votes Monday ahead of a high-stakes primary, but turnout was expected to be paltry despite the lurid headlines surrounding the disgraced Chicago Democrat and millions in outside super PAC money driven largely by the guns debate. The front-runners - former state Rep. Robin Kelly, former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, and Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale - made a flurry stops at train stations, strip malls, and diners all over the district that spans Chicago's South Side, south suburbs, and some rural areas.
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