Philadelphia voter turnout very low: Committee of Seventy

Ronald Aita gets an "I voted" sticker after casting his ballot at a garage on South 18th Street in South Philadelphia. Credit: Charles Mostoller/METRO
Ronald Aita gets an “I voted” sticker after casting his ballot at a garage on South 18th Street in South Philadelphia. Credit: Charles Mostoller/METRO

The numbers are still unofficial but only about 11.5 percent of Philadelphia voters went to the polls Tuesday, a growing trend for off-year elections, according to the Committee of Seventy, a political watchdog group and source for election information in our area.

The 20-year high was two decades ago; in 1993, 26 percent of registered voters in Philadelphia went to the polls.

According to the group, turnout has been particularly low in the past three elections since 2005.

The two biggest races in Philadelphia were for city controller and district attorney. Incumbents Alan Butkovitz and Seth Williams were re-elected to their seats, respectively. Williams received about 80 percents of the votes while Butkovitz had just over 82 percent.

Click here for full election results.


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