Unknown if new law would have prevented over-vote
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — City commissioners are investigating 83 Philadelphia voting districts where more votes were cast in last year’s municipal primary election than the number of people who voted.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the ongoing investigation Tuesday, exactly one week before the April 24 primary, when voters for the first time will be asked to show photo identification before casting their ballots because of a recently passed state law.
“Until they understand what happened, the commissioners say, they cannot rule out the possibility of deliberate, illegal efforts to run up votes for favored candidates, with the perpetrators losing count as they tried to cover their tracks,” the paper reported.
Next week, voters will be allowed to vote if they do not have a photo ID, but starting with the general election in November, voters must show photo identification before receiving a ballot.
Individuals without state-issued IDs can obtain one free identification from any state Department of Transportation drivers’ license center.