City Controller Alan Butkovitz is joining the fracas over the city’s Election Day problems, announcing Tuesday he will audit the city’s election process, dealing in part with the thousands of people forced to use provisional paper ballots when their names did not appear in pollbooks.
The three city commissioners, in charge of running Philadelphia’s elections, have already announced their own plans to figure out what went wrong with the pollbooks, as part of a full-scale review of the general election. And Mayor Nutter told reporters just after the election that he intended to have his staff review the commissioners’ operations as well.
Republican commissioner Al Schmidt, who initiated a post-election coup that toppled commissioners’ chair Stephanie Singer, replacing her with himself and Democratic commissioner Anthony Clark as co-chairmen, said he welcomed Butkovitz’s audit. The initial pre-audit conference will be held next week.
“We welcome and share his interest in this matter,” Schmidt said. “We look forward to working with him.”