Link: Reversing course, city won't be providing free election results online [Daily News]
Last year, activist Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg petitioned for access to the city's password-protected election-returns Web site. Traditionally, only city bigwigs and paying members of the media could access the site on election night.
The city acknowledged the request, and the city commissioners - who run elections and voter registration - made returns available on a public site for the November general election. The $350,000 cost of getting the site up was covered by federal funds.
But that money isn't available for the primary election, and the city cannot afford the $30,000 in fees to host the site, said Bob Lee, an election administrator at the Philadelphia Board of Elections.
"It's a one-election issue," he said.
Urevick-Ackelsberg said that he was shocked by the news. "It's mind-boggling. It's against what the city already said," he said.