Judge Blocks Philly Ballot Request

According to an update from the Committee of Seventy, legal action was attempted, and failed, to provide more provisional ballots to Philadelphia voting places today. There have been numerous reports of voters not being on the books throughout Pennsylvania, and having to vote by provisional ballot. This has not made people voters very happy.

“The issue of registered voters coming to the polls in Philadelphia today – only to find their names were not listed in the poll books – was raised in a court proceeding in Philadelphia Elections Court late today,” according to an update by the Committee of Seventy.

The grassroots arm of the Democratic National Committee, Organizing for America, also asked the Philadelphia City Commissioners to distribute additional paper ballots at Philly polling places. That request was turned down by Common Pleas Court Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe.

According to Amanda Terkel at the Huffington Post, Pennsylvania is second in the national in calls to 1-800-OUR-VOTE, with 7,911. Leading the way is California.

The Drudge Report currently has Pennsylvania in the Obama category, according to some exit polls (6:29 p.m.), apparently.

I will be liveblogging (tweeting? @RandyLoBasso) from the Obama event in Center City tonight.

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