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When will we know results? For most races, likely tomorrow
Ballot counting has famously caused delays in determining past Pa. election winners. However, fewer were requested this year, and the tightest races are among Republicans, who tend to favor in-person voting.
- One exception could be the GOP Senate race, where Oz and Barnette are polling nearly neck and neck, and multiple candidates told Politico they’re prepared for a recount.
Still, Philadelphians eager to know the results will probably get most of their answers by Wednesday morning, experts told Lizzy McLellan Ravitch.
Philadelphia’s community compost sites are finally churning
A Parks & Rec program that teaches Philadelphians how to work together on composting is finally up and running, after years of planning.
- So far there are 13 community gardens, farms, and schools participating in the new compost network, which is a pilot program funded by grants from Comcast and the federal government.
The hope is for it to be successful enough to be considered a “public good” — and become part of regular city operations, Asha Prihar reports.
Procrastinator’s Guide to the primary election in Philly
Oh hey, it’s Election Day! The Billy Penn Procrastinator’s Guide is your cheat sheet to all the candidates and ballot questions. Bookmark it so you can view it on your phone at the polls. Here it is in Spanish, too.
Need to return your mail ballot? You have until 8 p.m. today. Here’s a map of drop boxes around Philly.
Also, if you planned to vote in person but suddenly find yourself unable because of an emergency, you still have options.
RECAP: What else happened?
$ = paywalled
- Philly-area families are turning toward nationwide groups of parents to help find baby formula during the nationwide shortage. Yesterday the FDA reached a deal with Abbott, the supplier shut down amid recalls earlier this year, to allow it to provisionally reopen. [WHYY/USA Today]
- Remember when Philadelphia was considering wading into the crypto scene, then cut off discussions this spring? Miami took the leap back in February, but now MiamiCoin is down 95% since the mayor signed on. [Billy Penn/Billy Penn/QZ]
- A community group hosted the first “Day of Serenity” in West Philly on Sunday to foster solidarity and healing among communities impacted by gun violence. [WHYY]
- Backyard chickens are illegal in Philly right now, but there’s a bill pending in City Council that could allow folks to keep up to six hens (no roosters, though). [WHYY’s The Pulse/Philly Mag$]
- There’s a new podcast called “Philly Education Stories” that uses music and theater to explore how students could be better served by the criminal justice. [Spotify/@MsWeinraub]
- Old City Eats is back on Thursdays from May 26 to August 25. Stop by 2nd Street between Market and Chestnut next week to kick things off with a block party. [Old City District/PhillyVoice]
Mayor Kenney’s public schedule doesn’t have voting on it today, so either he’s doing that in private or already cast a mail ballot. Tonight, Kenney attends the Philadelphia Police Foundation’s “Night for Blue” fundraiser at the Union League (5:30 p.m.).
ON THE CALENDAR
🏆 BP Quizzo is tomorrow! Our monthly trivia event about all things Philly lands at the home of Fishtown Iced Teas (RIP Arctic Splash Cartons). Hosts Danya and Sakeenah are kicking it at the new patio at Interstate Drafthouse, so start assembling a team. Registration is free. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18).
🗣️ At the Crane building in Chinatown, the Philly chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association hosts a free, in-person panel discussion around the WHYY special “Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders: A Philadelphia Story.” (6 to 8 p.m Wednesday, May 18)
🎡 The Philly Truce Day Culture Carnival at Lighthouse Field in North Philly features live speakers and performances, education and job opportunities, a family fun zone, and a basketball tournament. (12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21)