A vote in Philadelphia’s city hall on Tuesday could be blocked by the state and federal government, forcing Philadelphia to turn in its voting card and the city to turn over the data to the election commission.
The vote on Tuesday was scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the commission ordered it to end before 3 p., meaning that voting could be interrupted.
The commission has the power to prevent or delay the vote, but a spokesman for Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, said he is unsure whether that power has been exercised.
“The commission does not believe the city can proceed to vote without the help of the commission,” said spokesman Kevin Gage.
“This decision is a final one and will be announced at the commission’s meeting on Monday.”
As of 7 p.M.
ET, the city had not received the full amount of the request for voter information that had been requested, according to Kenney spokesman Kevin Flynn.
But Flynn said that “the commission will make a determination on that after we receive the full requested information.”
It’s the second time this year that Philadelphia has requested the full voting card.
Last November, the state issued a provisional ballot and election officials there were unable to complete the necessary process to verify the voting cards.
The city had already requested the information about the Philadelphia voting card in a previous request.
But last week, the commission denied the city’s request for the data and instead directed the city “to use all available resources” to verify its information, according the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“We have asked for the full information, and we have received that from the commission, and so we’re not going to interfere,” said Kenney spokeswoman Brian Murphy.
The Inquireor noted that the commission did not have the authority to block the vote.
“It’s a big deal, and it’s really important to the people who are in the election booth,” said Philadelpha resident Kevin O’Connor.
“We just need to vote.”
The Philadelphia voting commission voted unanimously to deny the city the full voter information and to not require any additional information from the city.
The vote came after a request for data from the Inquiree was denied by the commission in December, which was in response to a lawsuit filed by the Philadelphia City Council.