Today is the voter registration deadline in Pennsylvania

    Today is the deadline for Pennsylvania residents to register for the November 3rd election. In Philadelphia voters will choose their City Controller… who acts as a fiscal watchdog on city spending including the Mayor’s Office and City Council.

    Today is the deadline for Pennsylvania residents to register for the November 3rd election. In Philadelphia voters will choose their City Controller… who acts as a fiscal watchdog on city spending including the Mayor’s Office and City Council.

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    Voters troubled by city spending, may also want to pay attention to the city controller’s race.

    St. Joseph’s University history professor Randall Miller.

    Miller: The Controller of all offices is probably at the bottom of the radar screen for most voters even though ironically it’s one of the most important offices in city government – indeed in any government. And in these difficult times where we’re worrying about how we’re going to make ends meet and where we’re going to get money and all kinds of concerns about tax collection and allocation of funds, it’s actually a race of vital importance.

    Miller says the media is publicizing the race, which could help challenger Republican Al Schmidt get his name out.

    Still, Miller says it’s unlikely incumbent City Controller Alan Butkovitz will lose because he has strong Democratic organization and registration numbers on his side.

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