Philadelphia Voting Day Disruptions

By Breeanne Howe

Voting today in Philadelphia was rought with issues,  making it a focal point for the many concerned about the difficulty inherent in this election.  The day began with reports of the infamous  New Black Panthers again standing guard outside of polling places in the city.  Unlike the 2008 election, however, they weren’t doning billy clubs.  Then 75 Republican election officials were blocked from inspecting polling places across Philadelphia until a judge ordered the officials be allowed access to the stations.  Not long after that, a picture surfaced of a large Obama mural that was inside a polling station at a school.  Once again, after a judge’s order, the mural was at least partially covered up.

By midday it seemed as if Philadelphia had most of their major voting concerns covered. It remains to be seen what effect these events will have on the election.