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Polls To Stay Open Late Tonight?

PhillyClout contributor Bob Warner tells us that the city's election court is poised to hear a motion to keep the polls open late tonight, due to the SEPTA strike. We'll update when we know the outcome.

Polls To Stay Open Late Tonight?

PhillyClout contributor Bob Warner tells us that the city's election court is poised to hear a motion to keep the polls open late tonight, due to the SEPTA strike. We'll update when we know the outcome.

UPDATE 12:05 p.m.: District Attorney Seth Williams is petitioning the court for the extension, along with others. Here's a press release from his campaign:

Event: Seth Williams, Democratic candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney, will speak to reporters at 1 PM today, Election Day, November 3, 2009, about his petition to extend Philadelphia’s polling hours until 9 PM due to the SEPTA strike.

Place: Laborers International Union of North America Local No 332

1310 Wallace Street, Philadelphia

Time: 1 PM

UPDATE 12:15 p.m.: According to a release we got from the Committee of Seventy, the City Commissioners are opposed to the extention. Here's the release from Seventy's Ellen Kaplan:

The SEPTA strike took everyone by surprise. As I write this e-mail, the Democratic City Committee is filing a motion in Election Court – joined by Democratic DA candidate Seth Williams and the Black Clergy of Philadelphia – to extend the polling place hours past the 8 p.m. deadline. The City Commissioners are strongly opposed to the extension since, according to Deputy Commissioner Fred Voigt, the logistics of notifying all 1,684 voting divisions would be next to impossible. The Commissioners are also concerned that extending the hours for Philadelphia voters would be unfair to non-Philadelphians given that the ballot contains statewide judicial races.

 

We will keep you posted on the progress of this legal action.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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