Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Heavy Turnout, Few Problems So Far In Delco

As of noon, turnout in Delaware County appears to be exceeding 2004 voter turnout levels, according to Election Bureau Solicitor Frank Catania, but no major problems have been reported at the county's 427 polling places.

Heavy Turnout, Few Problems So Far In Delco

From Will Bender:  As of noon, turnout in Delaware County appears to be exceeding 2004 voter turnout levels, according to Election Bureau Solicitor Frank Catania, but no major problems have been reported at the county’s 427 polling places.

At least nothing like last November, when an Upper Darby Democratic leader was charged with punching a 62-year-old Republican councilman, then taking him down with a "leg-sweep maneuver." They were arguing about sign placement.

Catania said he received a call this morning from a voter in Ridley Park who complained that a machine operator was "singing at the polling place and that distracted him from voting."

"Unfortunately, I am powerless to stop that," said Catania, who did not inquire as to which tune the worker was allegedly belting out.

County election officials have distributed nearly 4,000 "watcher" certificates to lawyers and other representatives of the campaigns and parties – mostly Democrats – who want to monitor polling place activity. That number is about double the typical amount for a presidential election in Delco, Catania said.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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