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POSTED: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 8:06 PM

So that's it for voting folks. The polls have officially closed on what can only be described as a lackluster Election Day. We'll keep you updated on results as the night progresses.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 4:13 PM

With voter turnout dismally low, some committee people questioned the effort to extend hours at the polls today.

"You know what's worse than working 13 hours with nobody showing up? Working 14 hours with nobody showing up," said Kathleen Widman, a Republican committee person in the 55th Ward's 29th division.

Widman said today's turnout was among the worst she'd seen since becoming a committee person in 1977. As of about 3 p.m., the polling place had 57 voters. "It's a joke," Widman added.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 2:59 PM

Ellen Kaplan, vice president and policy director for the Committee of 70 just reported from Election Court that a motion to keep polling places open an extra hour tonight has been denied.

"Although the Judge was 'extremely sympathetic' to voters who are experiencing any inconvenience due to the SEPTA strike, the ruling was that 'there is just not enough of an undue burden or hardship shown' to 'overturn the statute,'" Kaplan emailed.

The Democratic City Committee, Mayor Nutter, District Attorney candidate Seth Williams, the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity and the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP had all asked for the one hour extension on voting hours, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The Philadelphia City Commission, which runs elections here, opposed the request for an extra hour of voting time, saying the logistics of alerting every polling place in the city were too difficult.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 1:28 PM

Just as it is a slow Election Day, it's also been pretty quiet over at the Famous Fourth Street Deli, the traditional lunchtime gathering spot for Philadelphia politicians.

Chris Brennan reports that Democratic state Supreme Court candidate Jack Panella is in the crowd, along with outgoing District Attorney Lynne Abraham, state Rep. Brendan Boyle and state Rep. Mike O'Brien.

The big head turner over there today was former "Big Brother" cast member Will Mega, who plans to take on Louise Bishop in the 192nd District in the state House. He arrived in a white stretch Hummer limo, which took up much of a city block parked outside the lunch spot.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 1:10 PM

Today’s General Election serves as the kick-off for the May 2010 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, who recently jumped from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party, faces primary challenges from four candidates. Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, who almost unseated Specter in a Republican primary in 2004, is expected to be his party’s nominee for the November 2010 General Election. Who will win the Democratic Primary?

Click here to go to's politics page.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 1:07 PM

Today’s General Election serves as the kick-off for the May 2010 Republican and Democratic primaries for governor. With the governor’s post open next year, which candidate will prevail in the November 2010 General Election?

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 12:30 PM

Here's a funny tidbit:

The party spot for Republican District Attorney candidate Michael Untermeyer tonight? The Dark Horse Pub on 2nd Street near Pine.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 11:46 AM

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.

About this blog
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
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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
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