Voter turnout

By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat More than 10,000 voters cast their ballots in Philadelphia’s 9th Ward, marking the city’s highest registered-voter turnout, at 80%, during the 2020 general election. By comparison, citywide turnout was  66% and statewide turnout a little over 70%. Karen Bojar has lived in the 9th Ward for 40 years and was [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Even as voters in Philadelphia turned out in record numbers this election, two wards with the lowest turnout in the city show why some were still left behind in this democratic exercise. One of these is the 27th Ward in west and southwest Philadelphia, which includes University City with all [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat This story originally appeared on Poynter.org With vote counting and certification for the 2020 presidential election behind us, national and local news outlets have largely framed public understanding of what the electorate looked like this year.  Media organizations kept track of key facts like the proportion of votes cast by [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Activist and community organizer Walter Palmer remembers coming up in West Philadelphia’s Black Bottom in the 1950s and 60s during a period of pronounced political activity amongst the city’s Black residents and leaders. Palmer, 86, has spent the past 70 years teaching and training grassroot networks of Black community organizers [...]

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