Large demand for absentee ballots in Philly ahead of Tuesday's election

Pat Loeb
October 30, 2018 - 3:47 pm

Pat Loeb | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Voters lined up in droves at the Philadelphia City Commissioner's office Tuesday to get an absentee ballot in time for next week's mid-term election. 

Tuesday is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot, and this Friday is the deadline to return it.

Lisa Deeley, the city commissioner, says the line at her office was as long as it was for the 2016 Presidential election, which surprised her since turn-out is generally lower during the mid-term.

"The walk-ins have been consistent and constant," she said.

Sophie White, who won't be in town next Tuesday, was in line and didn't mind waiting.

"I'm going to be with family in New York on the 6th," she said. "I think the foundational principles of our democracy are in jeopardy right now."

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White's sentiment was common among the voters who spoke to KYW Newsradio.

"What's happening right now is pretty scary for everybody and for me and it's important for me, especially for this election that I got here and made sure I was able to vote," said White.

Most people voted on the spot and returned their ballot right away but for those voting by mail, the ballot must be received by Friday to be counted.

The city commissioner says anyone in line by 5 p.m. Friday will get a ballot.