City ofPhiladelphia  MAYORS OFFICE OFCOMMUNICATIONS                                                                       ...
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Philadelphia Mayor Nutter Appoints Fact-fnding Team Focused on Election Process

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Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the creation of a fact-finding team to explore issues that arose in connection with the November 6 General Election with the goal of making recommendations that will strengthen the election system in the City of Philadelphia.

On Election Day the Mayor acknowledged that many Philadelphians confronted serious issues as they voted in polling places across the city and that he wanted to engage in a fact-finding effort about those issues. As a result, the Mayor assembled a team of Administration and community officials to work with the cooperation of the City Commissioners to review the voting system in Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia Mayor Nutter Appoints Fact-fnding Team Focused on Election Process

  1. 1. City ofPhiladelphia MAYORS OFFICE OFCOMMUNICATIONS Michael A. Nutter, Mayor Mark McDonald, Press Secretary Office: 215-686-6210 Cell: 267-303-9248Friday, December 7, 2012FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES FACT-FINDING TEAM FOCUSED ON ELECTION PROCESSPhiladelphia, December 7, 2012 - Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the creation of a fact-finding team to explore issues that arose in connection with the November 6 General Electionwith the goal of making recommendations that will strengthen the election system in the City ofPhiladelphia.On Election Day the Mayor acknowledged that many Philadelphians confronted serious issues asthey voted in polling places across the city and that he wanted to engage in a fact-finding effortabout those issues. As a result, the Mayor assembled a team of Administration and communityofficials to work with the cooperation of the City Commissioners to review the voting system inPhiladelphia. The team, led by Deputy Mayor and Managing Director Rich Negrin, will identifythe problems and potential solutions to the variety of issues identified on – and leading up to –Election Day.Members of the fact-finding team are the following: - Rich Negrin, Deputy Mayor for Administration & Coordination and Managing Director, - Jordan Schwartz, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor, - Terry Gillen, Director of Federal Relations,
  2. 2. - Hope Caldwell, Chief Deputy Integrity Officer, - Nicole Harrington, Investigator, Office of the Inspector General, - And Kevin Johnson, Pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church.“On Election Day, there were reports questioning the integrity of the voter registration lists, thesupply of provisional ballots, and the preparedness of some poll workers to address new statevoter laws,” said Mayor Nutter. “Some of these issues may be legitimate, and some may beunfounded. The confusion clouded what should have been an exciting, smoothly run election.“I have a problem with that because Philadelphia is the birthplace of our Nation: the home offreedom, liberty and democracy. As Mayor, I want the most efficient, honest and informativeelections operation in the country. We need to use public resources to strengthen the cause ofdemocracy. We should aspire to having the most educated, well-informed voting public castingballots in record numbers for each election.“Despite the issues that arose on November 6, I want to thank the employees of the CityCommissioners Office for their hard work that day which allowed hundreds of thousands ofPhiladelphians to cast their votes. I also want to thank the City Commissioners for issuing theirpost-election report on the events and processes surrounding the election, and for pledging theirfull cooperation as the fact-finding team analyzes the report’s findings and addresses otherquestions in more detail.”The fact-finding team will focus on areas of interest that include but are not limited to: accuracyand integrity of voter rolls; voter registration process and system; technological interactionbetween state and City voter databases; production of the Voter Registration Book; provisionalballot use, supply and delivery; poll worker training; Election Day communication andcoordination. ###

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