Election Day drama already underway in City Controller race

City Controller candidate Brett Mandel
City Controller candidate Brett Mandel. (Credit: Rikard Larma / Metro).

Philadelphia’s race for Democratic City Controller nominee is probably the most contentious ticket in today’s primary elections – challenger Brett Mandel and incumbent Alan Butkovitz, in particular, have engaged in verbal sparring on numerous occasions.

According to an email from Local 98 spokesman Frank Keel, the tension between the two candidates has already reached a boiling point this Election Day – and it’s not even lunchtime.

“In the 2nd Ward earlier this AM, Brett Mandel entered the polling place and handed a ‘Mandel for City Controller’ sticker to a poll watcher, not knowing the watcher was a Committeeman in the 2nd Ward AND a Local 98 member,” Keel wrote.

“The poll watcher notified the Butkovitz camp. Election law attorney Kevin Greenberg is going into court on the matter soon.”

Pennsylvania polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Anyone who experiences problems at the polls is encouraged to call nonpartisan voter hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).

To look up your polling place, click here, and to check your voter registration status, check out this link.

UPDATE (2 p.m.): In a telephone interview, Mandel said the “campaign sticker” was actually a temporary tattoo.

“I was on my way out of a polling place a committeeperson brought me into to meet the Board of Elections,” he said.

“On my way out, I saw a guy with tattoos and said, ‘You have tattoos – here’s a tattoo,’ and I handed him one.”

Mandel said he doesn’t expect the Election Court complaint to amount to anything.

“Certainly we know the rules,” he said.

“I thought I was just being neighborly. We’re certainly not electioneering in any polling places.”


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