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Election Day blog — Stack wins big

Demo­crat­ic state Sen. Mike Stack eas­ily beats Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger Mi­chael Tom­lin­son.

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10:30 p.m.

With 98 per­cent of the pre­cincts coun­ted, state Sen. Mike Stack has claimed a big vic­tory, with 72 per­cent of the vote. His Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger, Mi­chael Tom­lin­son, had 28 per­cent. Stack rep­res­ents the state’s 5th Sen­ate dis­trict.

In the 169th state House dis­trict, Demo­crat­ic in­cum­bent grabbed an early lead and held it, beat­ing his GOP chal­lenger al­most 2-1.  In­cum­bent state Rep. Ed Neilson was on the phone with his op­pon­ent as he hur­ried in­to his cam­paign headquar­ters at Grant and Academy last night at 9:15.

Re­pub­lic­an Dave Kralle had called him to con­cede the con­test, Neilson said.  The Mill­brook Demo­crat, look­ing at res­ults from 30 of the Far North­east dis­trict’s 60 vot­ing di­vi­sions, said he was ahead by about 7,100 to 5,800.  ldquo;Places where I shouldn’t have won, I won,” Neilson said. “I’ve been blessed.”

Neilson said he won di­vi­sions he had lost dur­ing the spring spe­cial elec­tion for the seat.

Kralle, who also had in­com­plete num­bers by about 9:25 p.m., said he had lost every ward. The top of the GOP tick­et, he said, also was los­ing badly in the city.

The city of Phil­adelphia is re­port­ing a 59 per­cent voter turnout.

10 p.m. 

With 85 per­cent of the Philly pre­cincts coun­ted, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady was thump­ing Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger John Feather­man by 86 per­cent to 14 per­cent. Brady is the Demo­crat­ic Con­gress­man from the 1st Dis­trict.

With 66 per­cent of Phil­adelphia pre­cincts re­port­ing, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz of the 13th Con­gres­sion­al dis­trict was lead­ing Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger Joe Rooney by 73 per­cent to 27 per­cent. No vote totals have been pos­ted for res­ults of the race in Mont­gomery County.

With 70 per­cent of the Phil­adelphia votes coun­ted, Pres­id­ent Obama was crush­ing Mitt Rom­ney by 84 per­cent to 15 per­cent.

9:35 p.m.

Some early re­turns…

In North­east Philly races, Kev­in Boyle has a com­mand­ing lead right now over Al Tauben­ber­ger in the state House race for the 172nd Dis­trict seat.

With 48 per­cent of the pre­cincts re­port­ing, Boyle, the Demo­crat­ic in­cum­bent, has garnered about 69 per­cent of the vote, versus 31 per­cent by Tauben­ber­ger, the Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger.

With 57 per­cent of the pre­cincts in, Re­pub­lic­an John Taylor was lead­ing Demo­crat­ic chal­lenger Wil­li­am Dun­bar by a ra­tio of 62 per­cent to 38 per­cent. Taylor is the in­cum­bent state rep­res­ent­at­ive in the 177th Dis­trict.

In the race fpr the 169th dis­trict state House seat, in­cum­bent Demo­crat Ed Neilson said that chal­lenger Dav­id Kralle had called Neilson to con­cede at 9:15 p.m. Neilson said “Places where I shouldn’t have won, I won.”

He ad­ded, “I’ve been blessed. I won in places where I was afraid I was go­ing to lose.”

With half of the 60 di­vi­sions re­port­ing res­ults, Neilson was lead­ing Kralle by 7,100 votes to 5,800 votes.

7:15 p.m.

Some prom­in­ent loc­al Demo­crats gathered at the Tiffany Diner in Bustleton for lunch on Tues­day af­ter­noon, and the politicos began talk­ing about the heavy voter turnout at their polling places.

The con­ver­sa­tion, though, soon turned to a brew­ing con­tro­versy at Ben­jamin Frank­lin Ele­ment­ary School, at Rising Sun and Chel­ten­ham av­en­ues in Lawn­crest.

Bill Dol­bow, Demo­crat­ic lead­er of the 35th Ward, ex­plained that the 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 31st di­vi­sions all vote in Frank­lin’s cafet­er­ia.

The prob­lem? The cafet­er­ia wall fea­tures a large mur­al of Pres­id­ent Barack Obama, com­plete with the words “hope” and “change,” a quote and his cam­paign logo.

Re­pub­lic­ans com­plained, and GOP at­tor­ney Linda A. Kerns filed a court mo­tion. Com­mon Pleas Court Judge John Milton Younge Jr. ordered that the judge of elec­tion in the 18th di­vi­sion to cov­er the mur­al in its en­tirety with blank pa­per or sim­il­ar ma­ter­i­al so that the mur­al could not be seen.

Dol­bow was joined at the lunch by fel­low ward lead­ers Dan Sav­age (23rd), Bob Del­lavella (55), John Sabat­ina Sr. (56th), Pat Par­kin­son (57th), state Sen. Mike Stack (58th), Ber­nice Hill (63rd) and Mike McAleer (66-B).

Also in at­tend­ance was state Rep. John Sabat­ina Jr. (174th dis­trict) and James “Scoot” Clay, who is un­op­posed in the 179th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict race.

4:30 p.m.  

Zachary Stal­berg, head of the in­de­pend­ent elec­tion watch­dog group Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty, said this af­ter­noon that voter turnout is high in Phil­adelphia, and elec­tion day has had its share of prob­lems.

Some new voters — and some not-so-new voters — were not al­lowed to cast their bal­lots on vot­ing ma­chines at their polling places be­cause their names were not in the poll work­ers’ elec­tion bind­ers or on sup­ple­ment­al lists. The DA’s of­fice warned Monday that elec­tion judges are not per­mit­ted to al­low people whose names are not on of­fi­cial lists to vote.

However, they could cast what are called “pro­vi­sion­al bal­lots,” said Stal­berg pres­id­ent and CEO of the Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty. Such bal­lots are coun­ted later if it is proved the voter was prop­erly re­gistered, he said.

“There was a good bit of con­fu­sion over voter ID [law] and a lot of fric­tion,” he said.

Fol­low­ing a lengthy court battle, voters are be­ing asked, but not re­quired, to show photo ID in this elec­tion. However, it seems not all poll work­ers know that voters may re­fuse to show ID and still be al­lowed to vote, and some people are be­ing turned away, he said.

Stal­berg said this was hap­pen­ing in the city and the sub­urbs, but seemed to be more of a sub­urb­an phe­nomen­on.

It seems to be more of a prob­lem the farther you get from Phil­adelphia, he said.

 

 

Info box

For elec­tion in­form­a­tion or to re­port prob­lems at polling places, call:

Elec­tion watch­dog group Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty at 1-866-687-8683, or 215-557-3600

Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice at 215-686-9641, 9643, 9644, 9884

You’re not lis­ted as a re­gistered voter at your polling place?

The judge of elec­tion may not let any­one vote who isn’t lis­ted as a re­gistered voter, even if the per­son is known to the elec­tion judge. However, you can vote on what is called a “pro­vi­sion­al bal­lot.”  A pro­vi­sion­al vote only will be coun­ted if the per­son who cast it turns out to be a re­gistered voter. After the elec­tion, check www.hava.state.pa.us to find out if your pro­vi­sion­al bal­lot was coun­ted.

Will I get frozen out of vot­ing even if I’m in line when polls close at 8 p.m.?

No. As long as you are in line, in­side or out­side of you polling place, you will be al­lowed to vote.

Will I be asked for proof of iden­ti­fic­a­tion at the polls?

Yes, but you must pro­duce it today only if you have nev­er voted be­fore at your polling place. Oth­er­wise, you may be asked for ID but de­cline to show it.

What are your Elec­tion Day im­pres­sions? Call or write re­port­er John Loftus at 215-354-3110 or jloftus@bsmphilly.com

3:15 p.m.

Elec­tion Day is in full gear, and there are re­ports of a big turnout in Phil­adelphia and a few beefs.

A heavy pres­id­en­tial-year turnout was pre­dicted, DA’s spokes­wo­man Tasha Jamer­son said mid­after­noon Tues­day, and the fore­cast ap­pears to be com­ing true.

She char­ac­ter­ized the turnout as “very high.”

That’s in con­trast to the 2011 elec­tion in which only about 17 per­cent of Phil­adelphia’s mil­lion voters went to the polls.

Joe Mc­Carthy, Park­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation treas­urer, said the third di­vi­sion of the 66th Ward had seen a quarter of its 460 re­gistered voters at the polls by 9 a.m.

When the polls opened at 7 a.m., Mc­Carthy said, there were 40 people wait­ing to go in­side.

“It’s amaz­ing,” he said.

Joe Fox of Mill­brook said he voted “off-peak” at about 10 a.m.

“I was the 115th per­son to vote and waited only five minutes,” Fox said in an email to the North­east Times. “There were sev­er­al people be­hind me in line. The flow of voters was steady. We are on pace for a high turnout.”

GOP poll watch­ers had some trouble tak­ing their posts today, Jamer­son said. In heav­ily Demo­crat­ic Philly, there haven’t been Re­pub­lic­an poll watch­ers in some di­vi­sions for years, she said. However, some were cer­ti­fied to work today in some of those vot­ing places, but they had been turned away, she said. A judge ruled those Re­pub­lic­an poll watch­ers had to be al­lowed to work, and also said sher­iff’s depu­ties would en­force the or­der.

“It’s a very Philly thing,” Jamer­son said.

Forty-three com­plaints have been made to the DA’s of­fice, Jamer­son said, but many of them were from out of state, promp­ted, she the­or­ized, by TV news re­ports about the trouble GOP poll watch­ers had ex­per­i­enced.

  What are your Elec­tion Day im­pres­sions? Write or call John Loftus at 215-354-3110 or jloftus@bsmphilly.com

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