Some people have questioned the presence of Bibles in Philadelphia polling places.

Here’s the explanation:

 According to Joe Lynch, an assistant administrator for election activities in the City Commissioner’s Office, Bibles are included in the polling place boxes for election officials who wish to use one while taking their oaths.

Under state law, all judges, inspectors, clerks of election and machine inspectors must take an oath before "entering upon their duties."

“I’ve been putting them in there for years,” he said.
There is no requirement to use the Bible to take an oath.
“If you don't want to use it, you don't have to use it,” Lynch said.

Sometimes, he said, poll workers will read the Bible during down periods.

 "They are not reading anything today because they are busy,” Lynch said.