Newsletter for Tuesday, Oct. 11
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
NO SIGN YET OF DONALD TRUMP’S ‘ARMY OF POLL WATCHERS’
Donald Trump wants legions of his supporters to leave their hometowns on Election Day and set up shop in Pennsylvania’s cities. (He repeated this claim at a rally last night in Wilkes Barre.) He wants to them to watch the polls closely and challenge voter registration. The unspoken directive is to wreak havoc. Make sure Democrats aren’t stacking the voting machines in favor of Hillary Clinton or allowing liberal voters to cast their ballots twice. When Trump talks about poll watching in “certain areas,” his supporters know where he’s referring to. He’s talking about Philadelphia and, to some degree, Pittsburgh — the state’s Democratic strongholds, and places where conservative media (“Call Sean Hannity!” etc.) say voter fraud has happened. But with less than a month until it’s time to vote in person, there’s no sign that such an army exists.
THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL IS GETTING LONGER
Gov. Tom Wolf was in town yesterday to announce a $3 million state grant that’ll extend the Schuylkill River trail into South Philly. The gov shook hands and took photos with State Rep. Jordan Harris and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, among other local notables, as he waxed enthusiastic about clearing up brownfields. To wit: “Turning a former eyesore and blighted area into a new and accessible space for city residents, we will create a valuable resource in a currently underserved neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia.” The Inky has more.
Cut through the punidtry: John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation and Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Progress will discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump interpret our nation's most important document.
Where: National Constitution Center at Independence Mall, 525 Arch St. 19106
When: October 11, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: $15 or $10 for teachers & students
BILLY PENN LIKES
TOM WOLF: 8 PHILLY THINGS THAT TAKE LONGER THAN REGISTERING TO VOTE
It’s is easy to make excuses when you’re busy. But, wrote Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for Billy Penn, there’s no longer any excuse to avoid registering to vote now that Pennsylvania has online voter registration. Here’s how easy it is: go to register.votespa.com, select new registration, enter your information (about as much as you would to buy something online), verify you’re not a robot and click submit. Since we’ve made it so quick to register to vote online, here’s eight things in Philadelphia that will take you more time than registering.
MAP: WHERE ALL OF PENNSYLVANIA’S UNREGISTERED VOTERS LIVE
The Pennsylvania Department of State estimates that there are nearly 2.3 million residents who are eligible to vote, but haven’t registered. We asked the Department of State for data on where these Pennsylvanians are, by county. Here’s a couple of interactive maps of what we found.