Have you voted yet? In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, you have until the polls close at 8 p.m. There might be some rain this morning, so remember to stay dry out there. Also in today’s newsletter, we look at why a man who sells things on Amazon got a $1.6 million tax bill from the State of California, and we outline the latest clash between the region’s two top prosecutors.
It’s Election Day across the Philadelphia region. Polls opened at 6 a.m. in New Jersey, where all 80 Assembly seats are up for grabs. And in Pennsylvania, voting had a 7 a.m. start, with a variety of municipal races on ballots and a statewide election for two judges for Superior Court. In the city, Philadelphia’s mayor and Council seats are up for grabs.
In both states, the polls close at 8 p.m. Be sure to stick with us throughout the day for election updates, and later on as race results come in.
Plus, a number of questions you might have about voting are in our voters guide. For example:
✅How do I find my polling place?
✅What races are on my ballot? Who are the candidates?
✅What do I do if I’m having problems at the polls?
A man who sells clothes, shoes, and groceries on Amazon out of a small warehouse in Bensalem has been caught in what his tax lawyer called “an interstate commerce speed trap.” He got a jaw-dropping notice from California that he could owe as much as $1.6 million for sales taxes that he didn’t collect from consumers — and that’s just for the first six months of 2019.
California’s aggressive tax-collection move could be targeting hundreds of thousands of third-party merchants. And it’s an example of the government trying to catch up to new forms of commerce that at least appear to evade obligations under old laws.
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“When we’re all looking over our shoulders, worrying about who might cancel us, we can’t learn from each other. We’re like actors in a bad play, mouthing words that we don’t always understand or even believe.” — Jonathan Zimmerman, who teaches education and history at Penn, about cancel culture.