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June 22, 2011 | By John Manganaro, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - With a controversial voter identification bill set for approval by the Pennsylvania House, Democrats and advocacy groups from Philadelphia and around the state are voicing concern that the move could end up hurting voter turnout. House Democrats and Republicans debated the legislation for more than seven hours Monday and Tuesday. With a Republican majority in the House, the bill is expected to win final approval as early as Wednesday and be sent to the Senate. The action reflects a national trend - spurred by conservatives who won office in the 2010 midterm election - toward stricter election laws.
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June 21, 2011 | By John Manganaro, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The state House began debate Monday on a divisive bill that would require Pennsylvania voters to show photo identification every time they cast a ballot. The bill - one of many similar measures being advanced in GOP-controlled legislatures nationwide - could receive a final vote this week. Sponsor Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler) said the bill was needed to ensure tougher voter controls and protect the integrity of Pennsylvania's elections. "Every illegally counted ballot cancels out the vote of a legitimate voter," Metcalfe said.
NEWS
June 21, 2011 | By John Manganaro, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - With a controversial voter identification bill set for approval by the Pennsylvania House, Democrats and advocacy groups from Philadelphia and around the state voiced concern that the move could end up hurting voter turnout. House Democrats and Republicans debated the legislation for more than seven hours Monday and Tuesday. With a Republican majority in the House, the bill passed a key hurdle Tuesday night and is expected to win final approval as early as Wednesday and be sent to the Senate.
NEWS
May 19, 2011
Early on, most politicos were pegging Philadelphia voter turnout in Tuesday's primary at 10 percent to 20 percent - and they were right in the ballpark. With 96.44 percent of the vote counted as of midday Wednesday, 17.6 percent of total registered voters (Democrats and Republicans) had come out to cast ballots in the mayoral race. Those numbers may be dismal, considering that tens of thousands of people failed to vote. But consider this: In 2003, when John F. Street was seeking reelection and had no primary opponent, only about 13 percent of voters weighed in on the mayoral primary.
NEWS
May 18, 2011
ANOTHER AWARD for Creative Problem Solving in Harrisburg this week goes to Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, for a truly inspired entry: He proposes to fix a problem we don't have by exacerbating two problems we do have. Metcalfe is pushing a bill that would require voters to present a photo ID every time they vote. Now, voters must present ID only the first time they appear at a polling place, and can choose from a range of acceptable forms, including utility bills and paychecks. The Metcalfe bill would limit those options to a few forms of government ID. Metcalfe says this is necessary to reduce voter fraud.
NEWS
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
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 1, 2010 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the witching hour in this election season fast approaching, the two Western Pennsylvanians vying for the governorship came east Sunday in their own version of a time-honored Halloween tradition. Republican Tom Corbett courted voters at stops in Philadelphia and its suburbs, aiming to pull off the trick of grabbing some votes in a corner of the state where Democrats and independents dominate. Democrat Dan Onorato, meanwhile, returned to traditional sources of support, hoping a last-minute surge in excitement could deliver an Election Day treat.
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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
October 30, 2010 | By Angela Couloumbis, Amy Worden, and John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Seizing on an issue that could galvanize their base, some of the state's top Democrats on Friday accused Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Corbett of encouraging his followers to suppress voter turnout in Philadelphia. The Democrats pointed to remarks Corbett made Thursday to a Republican audience in Delaware County. Noting that Gov. Rendell was calling for a 50 percent turnout in Philadelphia, Corbett said, "We want to make sure they don't get 50 percent. Keep that down. " The issue exploded after campaign aides to Corbett's opponent, Dan Onorato, posted video of the remarks on YouTube.
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