Despite the Walter Wallace shootings and related violence, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenny has reported that voting centers are prepared for anything this Election Day. Philly shootings have concerned local citizens wanting to vote. While the mayor expressed concern regarding security around the November 3rd date, he stressed to officials that no known violent acts have been expressed around the election at this time.
On Monday Kenny ensured that officials have kept security in mind. New ballot election equipment has been prepared for election day according to those who toured the facility.
“We’re fully stocked,” the mayor said, adding: “We do recognize that there’s going to be an emotional outburst one way or the other and we’re prepared for it.”
“We want everyone to vote freely and fairly,” City Commissioner Lisa Deeley said, concerning mail-in ballots.
Recently President Trump has targeted the Philly state regarding its voting process and claims. Voter intimidation is now at an all time high due to this. Despite the riot violence in Philadelphia, Trump has continued his campaign in Pennsylvania this Monday. Philadelphia voters have already returned nearly 265 thousand mail-in ballots. This new return rate comes in at a whopping 62%
Sealed ballots are locked in stacked bins, behind a fortified fence in the convention center. The Board of Elections has moved its Election Day headquarters to that location. Elsewhere, 5 million dollars worth of election infrastructure is being put to work to process those ballots, along with additional mail-in ballots during next week. High speed scanners can process around 32 thousand ballots in an hour.
Extracting machines process nearly 12 thousand ballots in that same hour. This “industrialized fashion” of the new equipment has brought reassurance to many Philly citizens, in comparison to the way it was done before, by hand. Despite the Philadelphia protests and Philly riots, everything seems to still be on, in a forward fashion, for Election Day.
“Much of what used to take a room full of staff all day to complete can now be done in one hour,” Deeley said.