Somerton gets advice on the upcoming election


The dead­line to re­gister to vote in next month’s gen­er­al elec­tion has passed, but folks who already are re­gistered can still ap­ply for ab­sent­ee bal­lots.

Ab­sent­ee bal­lot ap­plic­a­tions must be re­ceived by the Phil­adelphia City Com­mis­sion­er’s Of­fice by Oct. 30, said Seth Bluestein, deputy to Com­mis­sion­er Al Schmidt.

Bluestein was a guest speak­er at the monthly Somer­ton Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing on Oct. 9. He offered sev­er­al oth­er bits of ad­vice to pro­spect­ive voters.

Those who want to find out if they are re­gistered may do so by vis­it­ing the Web site­ or by call­ing the com­mis­sion­er’s of­fice. Schmidt’s num­ber is 215-686-3464. All mail­ings may be sent to City Hall, Room 134, Phil­adelphia, PA 19107.

Folks who want to find out where their polling places are may con­tact the com­mis­sion­er or vis­it the Web site phillyelec­ The site also has lan­guage in­ter­pret­a­tion ser­vices, elec­tion dates, ac­cess­ib­il­ity in­form­a­tion, pro­vi­sion­al bal­lots and poll work­er in­form­a­tion, among oth­er fea­tures.

Bluestein fur­ther re­com­men­ded that voters make sure to ob­tain a state-is­sued ID card even though the Pennsylvania courts have tem­por­ar­ily sus­pen­ded the state’s new voter ID law. The law may still be placed in­to ef­fect for fu­ture elec­tions.

Voters who be­lieve that their rights have been vi­ol­ated or threatened by in­tim­id­a­tion or oth­er il­leg­al activ­ity may re­port in­cid­ents to the com­mis­sion­er’s of­fice at 215-686-3464, the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice at 215-686-8700 or the po­lice de­part­ment via 911. Voters may also con­tact the non-par­tis­an elec­tion watch­dog group Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty’s hot line at 866-OUR-VOTE.

In un­re­lated Somer­ton busi­ness:

• Mike McAleer, an aide to state Sen. Mike Stack, re­por­ted that con­struc­tion on new fea­tures in Ben­jamin Rush State Park is sched­uled to be­gin next month and con­tin­ue through next Au­gust.

• State Rep. Brendan Boyle in­vited cit­izens to at­tend a House Policy Com­mit­tee hear­ing on Tues­day, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m., at MaST Charter School, where Pennsylvania’s pa­role board prac­tices will be dis­cussed. The hear­ing fol­lows re­cent in­stances of vi­ol­ence against Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficers by pa­roled con­victs. MaST Charter School is at 1800 By­berry Road.

• City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill re­por­ted that the in­stall­a­tion of new play­ground equip­ment at Boyle Re­cre­ation Cen­ter will be com­plete by the end of Novem­ber. Also, the Streets De­part­ment’s re­cyc­ling of­fice will hold a re­cyc­ling in­form­a­tion event on Sat­urday, Nov. 17, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at Bustleton Av­en­ue and Bowl­er Street. Vis­it­ors will be able to get new re­cyc­ling bins there, along with in­form­a­tion about the Re­cyc­ling Re­wards pro­gram.

• The next Somer­ton Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing will be on Tues­day, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at Walk­er Lodge 306, 1290 Southamp­ton Road. ••End­Frag­ment 

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