City of Philadelphia     MAYORS OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS                                                                  ...
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City of Philadelphia Requests Public Feedback on Election Day Voter Experiences

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Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Managing Director Richard Negrin announced an effort to hear about voters’ experiences on Election Day 2012. The request for public feedback is part of the Mayor’s efforts to analyze what problems that occurred on Election Day and to make recommendations on improvements.

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  1. 1. City of Philadelphia MAYORS OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS Michael A. Nutter, Mayor Mark McDonald, Press Secretary Office: 215-686-6210 Cell: 267-303-9248 Monday, January 28, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA REQUESTS PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON ELECTION DAY VOTER EXPERIENCESPhiladelphia, January 28, 2013– Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Managing Director Richard Negrin announcedan effort to hear about voters’ experiences on Election Day, November 6, 2012. The request for publicfeedback is part of the Mayor’s efforts to analyze what problems that occurred on Election Day and to makerecommendations on improvements.Mayor Nutter in early December appointed a six-member committee to review the November election:Managing Director Richard Negrin; Rev. Kevin Johnson of Bright Hope Baptist Church; Terry Gillen, theCity’s Director of Federal Affairs; Hope Caldwell, Chief Deputy Integrity Officer; Jordan Schwartz, DeputyChief of Staff; and Nicole Harrington, Office of the Inspector General.Two public meetings are currently scheduled: February 6, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM in the Mayor’sReception Room, 2nd floor of City Hall, and February 28, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM at Bright HopeBaptist Church, 1601 N. 12th Street.“We’ve heard stories ranging from long-time voters not being found in the poll book to improperly filedprovisional ballots. In most cases, though, these stories are anecdotes. We need to put names and faces onthese problems,” said Mayor Nutter.Negrin said there are claims that voter registration delays caused inaccuracies in poll books, which in turnresulted in the increased use of provisional ballots.“Slightly more than 4% of Philadelphians voted by provisional ballot. Our initial research shows that this is amuch higher number than the rest of the state,” Negrin continued. “We want to find out why it was higher andwe need the public’s help to do that.” Voters are encouraged to tell their stories or make recommendations by visiting the website www.phila.gov/election2012, and by calling or texting (267) 209-FACT. Voters need to include their contact information and voting location in case follow-up is needed.

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