Election Day at Relish

Every election mostly African-American politicians head to Relish restaurant in Olney to discuss politics and what’s happening at the polling places over lunch.

“Turnout is looking good,” said State Rep. Tony Payton, adding that one of the biggest issues at the polls has been that some new voters were not listed on the books.

Meanwhile City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez thought there would confusion over voter ID but poll workers were not asking for it in her district.

Some elected officials expect turnout in Philadelphia to be equal to that of the 2008 presidential election.

“Turnout has been equal to or on par with 2008,” said City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. “What is interesting is the shift of Republican party to put Philadelphia back in play.”

Not too far behind making his debut at Relish for Election day was Council president Darrell Clarke who said he saw some issues at the polls over voter ID.

“There’s some people at the election board telling people they need to show ID,” he said, “But eventually people get the right answer.” Also in his district were complaints from new voters that their names were not in the books.

There was a backlog of voter registration applications that Commissioners office was working hard to tackle. City Commission Chairwoman Stephanie Singer said she did not know if the backlog had anything to do with some new voters’ names not being in the books.

“I haven’t seen the statistics myself,” said Singer. “When judges of elections request provisional ballots we send them out.”

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