Who & What's on the ballot?
Our primary reason for existing is to make sure folks have what they need to make the best decisions on Election Day. Ballots are based on your District City Council because that is the only office in this election that will be dependent on where you live. When you walk into that booth on Tuesday, November 5th, you'll be doing three things--'Voting' on political party candidates, 'Retaining' judges that you think should remain on the bench, and 'Deciding' which ballot measures get passed.
Please take the time to plan, so you ensure that you pick the candidates that represent your values.
Are you concerned about the new voting machines? Check out the ballot layout. View our New Voting Machine videos.>>
Offices/Judges - Political Party Candidates - Listed under their chosen parties
Mayor - Vote for up to 1
City Commissioner - Vote for up to 2
County Sheriff - Vote for up to 1
Register of Wills - Vote for up to 1
City Council - At Large - Vote for up to 5
District City Council - Vote for up to 1
Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Judge - Dist 1 (Philadelphia County) - Vote for up to 7
Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge - Vote for up to 1
Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge - Vote for up to 2
Judges - Keep Existing Judges on the Bench - Select Yes or No
Philadelphia Municipal Court - 10 Judges on ballot
Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Judge - Dist 1 (Philadelphia County) - 5 Judges on ballot
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge (State-wide) - 2 Judges on ballot
Ballot Questions - Select Yes or No
When we vote for ballot questions, we become the legislators. The Nov. 5th, 2019 ballot also includes a proposed amendment to the state of Pennsylvania's Constitution. The questions are on the row below the candidates. Select 'Yes' or 'No.'
PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to grant certain rights to crime victims, including to be treated with fairness, respect and dignity; considering their safety in bail proceedings; timely notice and opportunity to take part in public proceedings; reasonable protection from the accused; right to refuse discovery requests made by the accused; restitution and return of property; proceedings free from delay; and to be informed of these rights, so they can enforce them?
Note about this Amendment - We Recommend Voting 'No'
Even though this law sounds like it's fair and balanced, the ACLU and the League of Women Voters are suing the state of Pennsylvania to have it removed from the ballot because they believe it is unconstitutional.
The phrase "right to refuse discovery requests made by the accused" concerns us.
More Info About this Ballot Question (Marsy's Law)
Attorney Michael Coard wrote a compelling piece that explains this amendment in plain-language and provides specific reasons for why we should vote 'No." Read his Philadelphia Tribune article.>>
A Philadelphia Inquirer story highlights how police in Florida have been withholding information from the public about crimes based on their version of this law. Read the article.>>
Check out our video about how to vote on Ballot Questions and our position on the Crime Victim Rights question. Watch now.>>
PROPOSED CHARTER CHANGE QUESTION (Philadelphia)
(Bill No. 190431)
Should the City of Philadelphia borrow ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS ($185,000,000.00) to be spent for and toward capital purposes as follows: Transit; Streets and Sanitation; Municipal Buildings; Parks, Recreation and Museums; and Economic and Community Development?
PROPOSED CHARTER CHANGE QUESTION #1
(Bill No. 190290)
Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to revise City procurement procedures by increasing the sealed bidding threshold; by providing for procurement from local businesses; and by providing for Procurement Department regulations?
Sample Voting Machine Ballots (Listed by City Council District)
Your time in the voting booth will be smoother is you are familiar with the way the screens will look like for our district. We strongly urge you to download your sample ballot for your District Council number from The Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners. You will also be able to find your polling location at the same time.