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Election Day in Philly: Voting deals and last-minute guides

All eyes will turn to Philadelphia as Pa.’s largest county casts votes in a pivotal Senate race today, but there are also local issues on the ballot.

When you get out, snag one of those “I Voted” stickers — you can score free coffee, beer, or pizza at these Philly shops just for doing your civic duty.

A voting poster on the window at Shot Tower Coffee in Queen Village Credit: Nathan Morris / Thetelegraphfield

Remembering the automat, the industrial wonder forged in Philly

The concept of the automat turned dining into robotic theater. Diners got their meals from vending machines — and the idea started as a Philly lunch joint.

  • Horn & Hardart opened the first automat on Chestnut Street in 1902. Nearly 40 years later, there were over 150 mechanized locations across the U.S., and eventually a short-lived children’s show.

Why’d they all close? Urban sprawl and drive-thrus, writes Avi Wolfman-Arent in this Headlines of Yore thread filled with turn-of-the-century magic.

Actress Audrey Hepburn at an automat in 1951. Credit: Lawrence Fried / Iconic Images

RECAP: What else happened?

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  • Looks like Philadelphia’s vote count will not be over as quickly as originally thought. After a court ruling yesterday, the City Commissioners are expected to reinstate poll book reconciliation as part of the mail ballot count. That could mean days until we know the Oz-Fetterman Senate results, if they are close as expected. [Inquirer$]
  • You can watch the Philly ballot counting operation on Roosevelt Boulevard via livestream; it’ll be posted here. [Thetelegraphfield/Phila Gov]
  • After the results are in from all counties, they have to be certified, and that process — which can take almost 3 weeks — is expected to be messy this year. [Spotlight PA]
  • Can we fix the U.S. Postal Service? U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Dwight Evans have requested an audit of several Philly post offices to look into problems with mail theft, delivery delays, and more. [KYW]
  • Lionell Dotson, whose siblings were killed in the 1985 MOVE bombing, is suing the City of Philadelphia and Penn over how their remains were handled. [WHYY]
  • The first Black-owned local brewery now has a location: Richard and Mengistu Koilor have signed a lease for Two Locals Brewing at 37th and Market, and expect to open next summer. [Inquirer$/Philly Mag$]
  • Back to fall weather today, but yesterday’s high of 79 degrees set a new record for that date, set back in 1938. [@phillywx/@6abcadamjoseph]

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Nothing on the official schedule for Mayor Kenney. It’s unclear so far if he’s planning to vote in person or already sent in a mail ballot.


? Royal Boucherie is celebrating 5 years in business with a free glass of bubbly for every customer who dines at the Old City spot. (Monday to Sunday, Nov. 7-13)

? Sip on some champers and chow down on a cheesesteak (wiz optional) at a fundraiser for Philadelphia Youth Basketball hosted at Pat’s King of Steaks. Tickets go for $50 to $60, and the higher end enters you a raffle where winners get to make a cheesesteak at the famed joint. (5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9)

? Urban tree cover has been shown to bring social, health, and economic benefits. In a virtual forum, Philly’s forestry manager discusses the city’s plan to add more. (7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10)