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Nutter meets with City Commissioners about provisional ballots

This post has been updated

Nutter meets with City Commissioners about provisional ballots

This post has been updated

Almost immediately after returning from a trade mission to China, Mayor Nutter held a closed-door meeting with the City Commissioners Thursday afternoon to discuss a report released Wednesday on the troubling spike in provisional ballots cast in this year’s presidential election.

The report, released by the City Commissioner’s Office found that about 14,000 of the 27,000 Philadelphians who were forced to vote provisionally should have been able to cast normal ballots.

The increase raised eyebrows on Election Day, and Nutter has promised to look into what happened. That review has not begun, but will shortly, mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald said.

The report included recommendations like improving Election Board training.

The meeting, which included the three city commissioners and Nutter raised the question as to whether it was a violation of the state's Sunshine Act? Only two city commissioners are needed to reach a quorum to constitute a public meeting. Executive meetings can be held in private to discuss personnel and legal matters.

At the time this post was updated two of the three City Commissioners could not be reached for comment.

Mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald said the meeting was not in violation of the Sunshine Act.

"It was a private briefing where city commissioners talked about their report and the mayor asked questions," McDonald said.

 

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