Some Philly write-in vote records missing

Election officials in Philadelphia say they can’t find paper tapes identifying the write-in votes recorded in 15 voting divisions.

Officials tell The Philadelphia Inquirer that the votes were cast in 21 races for judge of elections and inspector — the people who are supposed to run those 15 polling places for the next four years.

If the tapes can’t be located, officials say, it will be impossible to say who won the posts Nov. 5, so they will be vacant and must be filled by future volunteers.

City election veterans say such problems happen with write-in votes in every election, but there usually aren’t enough of them to affect races — but there are for the contests for polling place officials every four years.

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