Philadelphia’s embattled City Commissioners testified before City Council saying change has come to their office.
Anthony Clark, chair of the City Commissioners has been a lightning rod because of how infrequently he can be found at the office and for not casting a ballot in some elections. There’s a push to replace the elected commisioners with appointed elections officers.He told City Council his office has a lot of work to do for November.”Preparing district registration poll books for use in determining voter eligibility,” Clark said. “Maintaining boundary maps and descriptions for the 1,686 voting divisions in Philadelphia. Locating accessible and suitable polling places in each of the city’s 69 wards.”Newly-elected Commissioner Lisa Deeley said they have been reforming the office and trying to gain the public trust.”I think that there’s no greater barometer on the work we are doing collectively than this past election where we saw very few problems unlike the news that has been reported in other cities.”The city is preparing for high voter turnout this fall.