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2012 General Elections: Philly Weary city voters moves past the knockdown drag out slugfest for the White House

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The past two general elections cycles and their primaries has caused the average citizen to educate themselves about the election process and the individual rights, do’s and don’ts. The pending changes to the new Voter ID laws in Pennsylvania and across the nation, people were bombarded with assistance efforts and pressure to become compliant with the new law. A last minute challenge in the legal system gave the PA voters a reprieve. Was It a waste of time and capital?

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Weary city voters moves past the knockdown drag out slugfest for the White House .
 
None the less , there is a ton to be learned and system improvements are being implemented , the Philadelphia City Commissioners County Board of Elections website http://phillyelection.com/ has many listed there are videos , pdf’s, links across sites pointing to information such as • Absentee Ballot Application & Requirements • Candidate Info, Ward maps, poll Watcher Certificates and more.
 
This reporter is still working to get my legs beneath me once again. As a long time community activist and member of the media corps, off and on since high school newspaper staff in 1967. Between the nature emergency and the long presidential campaign, I’m not the only one happy this match is over. I was able to get some interesting thoughts from my longtime friend.  
 
Denise Clay (professor, writer and photographer) shared her views and thoughts about the November 6, 2012 election. “ Well, thank goodness that’s over. The long, WWE Rage in the Cage match that was the 2012 Presidential Elections ended Tuesday night. Thankfully…
 
There is a lot of things I won’t miss about this year’s elections, and I’m a political junkie. Hopefully, it’ll be a while before we get anymore of the following:
* Poorly moderated debates with questions that don’t reflect any of the issues facing large sections of the country.
* Campaign commercials featuring the kind of mud that you make up in large vats to throw.
* Laws designed to tick off octogenarians and nonagenarians who only want to observe a right to vote – which they probably had to deal with someone trying to shoot them over, when they were young….”
 
Denise was on a roll, “It was the Silly Season in a variety of ways. And yet, while many things changed, a whole lot of other things stayed the same.
 
Let’s start with the big thing: President Barack Obama (and Scranton’s own Vice President Joe Biden) won a second term of office, smacking GOP nominee Mitt Romney around in the Electoral College, 303 to 206. He also won the popular vote by more than a million votes.
 
If there’s any state the President needs to thank for making sure he still had a job for the next four years, it’s Pennsylvania. In order for the Prez to maintain his hold over Pennsylvania, the City of Brotherly Love had to come out in droves. And, believe it or not, it did. More than 400,000 Philadelphians took time out of their day to vote… and many of them stayed in lines for as long as two hours to exercise that right.
 
Why? Because when someone tries to take something valuable away from you, it makes you use the heck out of it when you get it back. Many of the people standing out in line would have been sitting this election out had the voter-ID law passed by the legislature had been allowed to stand in time for this election. This law, which required voters to get state-sponsored ID in order to vote, so annoyed people that they came out in droves.
 
Democrats did well overall. In fact, the Keystone State made history. Kathleen Kane became the first woman in the Commonwealth’s history to serve as Attorney General.
 
But while the Republican Party had its share of losers, it did have one big winner: vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Now, why was he a winner? He was a winner because he ran for reelection for his house seat while running for nation’s second-highest office. Guess he was a better student of Ayn Rand than we thought…., Ms. Clay stated.
 
4 ballot questions are no longer a question Philly voters approved four ballot questions Tuesday. All four questions were coasting with wide margins of approval. Here's what got the OK:
 
Question 1: Asked if the city should amend the home-rule charter to create a body to set water and sewer rates. This proposal from Council President Darrell Clarke faced intense debate. Clarke wants to set up an independent body on the grounds that the current process - the water commissioner proposes rate hikes and then after public hearings approves them - is too insular.
 
Question 2: Asked if the charter should be amended to require the administration to provide more information with the budget proposal.
 
Question 3: Asked if the charter should be changed to give hiring preference to grandchildren of cops and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Such preference is already given to their children.
 
Question 4: Asked if the city should be allowed to borrow $123 million for capital expenses like streets and recreation centers. The endorsements on the ballot questions came so late by the Mayor of Philadelphia, other players were not sure which way to sell them to John Q Public.
 
My journey in this odyssey began to intensify on Saturday, November 3rd, reporting to local police district to pick up white box of City Commissioner supplies. The next day I attended the training for poll workers held in my area at the South Philadelphia high school. On Monday, November 5, visiting the Ward offices and then the polling lace to meet with owner to insure doors would open by 6:30 am on election day November 6, 2012.
 
Only to arrive 6:15 am to move 6 machines into place for 3 divisions housed in our location. The day was off to a quick and furious pace, while helping and directing over 1200 voters to the correct table and or division to sign in to cast their ballots, come 9:30 pm, the tapes and boxes were delivered to the city commissioners drop off point. Whew….
 
I’m glad its over and will not miss any of the phone calls to my home from candidates and or the endless commercials that accompanied them , for little change in the climate locally nor nationally.
 
But the process is not perfect but in my humble opinion, millions of Americans had to stand up and take notice, I sure did.
 
My only question, what has me puzzled is where could the billions spent on this election process, made life and death differences.
 
If nothing else, it would have prevented the dreaded FISCAL Cliff, everyone is preparing for. What cruel game is this…

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Paper ballot mess

Why did main stream media miss provisional ballot fiasco? It's official: Philadelphia voters cast 27,100 provisional ballots on Election Day 2012, about twice as many as in 2008. It's not yet clear what caused the problem, which forced droves of angry citizens to use a less dependable form of ballot. But the data finally confirms what should have been obvious to local media (but was not) for nearly a week: A problem surely did exist.