The Philly Four: Around 1 in 5 young Pa. voters are independent, blocking them from voting for candidates in primary

Sam Britt

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City workers have until end of month to get vaccinated

  • Unionized workers in Philadelphia have until May 31st to get vaccinated or face leave and eventual termination. In December, 13 of the city's 2,000 non-unionized employees were fired for not complying with the vaccine mandate. Workers who do not comply or attain an exemption will be placed on 30-day leave and then be terminated if they continue to refuse to get vaccinated.

Broad Street Run returns

  • More than 27,000 runners took part in the 2022 Broad Street Run on Sunday, the first May version of the event in two years. In 2020, the event was cancelled due to the pandemic and in 2021 the event was postponed. The winner of this year's race was Robert Gaitho, a runner from Grand Prairie, Texas who finished the race in 45:51.

Many young Pa. voters choose not to participate in primary

  • Pennsylvania's primary election is coming up on May 17 but many young voters across the state have chosen to be unable to participate in selecting the Democrat and Republican candidates. Around 21% of voters between the ages of 18 and 34 are not registered with either party, meaning they may only participate in the ballot questions on May 17 due to Pennsylvania running a closed primary for candidates.

Delco pauses health department after towns push back

  • Delaware County has paused the creation of its health department after eight towns pushed back on allowing it to supervise them. Springfield, Tinicum, Ridley, Upper Chichester, Aston, Darby, Marple and Middletown have joined forces to stop the new health department from being able to perform health inspections in their jurisdictions, stating that they don't want to join into a centralized department.

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