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The City customizes ballots based on the District Council number. Set yourself apart from most Philadelphia voters by knowing your voting numbers.
Our primary reason for existing is to make sure black folks have what they need to make the best decisions on Election Day. You will see 82 to 83 candidates on the Democratic side of the ballot, depending upon your City Council District incumbent having a challenger. Thirteen to fourteen candidates appear on the Republican party side.
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Please take the time to plan, so you ensure that you pick the candidates that represent your values.
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Article: Where the Philadelphia City Council candidates stand on key issues This interactive graphic from Philadelphia Inquirer will provide you with some helpful insights. Note: We liked this piece of reporting so much we posted it twice.
When we vote for ballot questions, we become the legislators. Yes, we decide which changes are made to the City Charter (it's like our city's Constitution). The questions are on the row below the candidates. Select 'Yes' or 'No.'
PROPOSED CHARTER CHANGE QUESTION #1
(Bill No. 180820)
Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to change certain gender specific references (such as "councilman," "councilmen," and "Councilmanic") to gender neutral references (such as "councilmember," "councilmembers," and "Council")
PROPOSED CHARTER CHANGE QUESTION #2
(Bill No. 1900070
Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to establish and define the functions of the Office of Immigrant Affairs, headed by a Director of Immigrant Affairs?
PROPOSED CHARTER CHANGE QUESTION #3
(Bill No. 190102)
Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to call on the General Assembly to either increase the Pennsylvania minimum wage now, so that it reaches $15 an hour, in stages, by 2025, or allow the City of Philadelphia to itself provide for a decent, family sustaining, living wage for working Philadelphians?
PROPOSED CHARTER CHANGE QUESTION #4
(Bill No. 180818)
Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to required the establishment of "Public Safety Enforcement Officers" to assist the Police Department in regulating the flow of traffic; to enforce and assist the appropriate City officers in the enforcement of ordinances relating to the quality of like in the City's neighborhood; and to perform such other related duties as the Managing Director or Council may require?
Sample Ballots (Listed by City Council District)
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