MAY 21, 2019 PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS
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One statewide office will appear on ballots across Pennsylvania in 2019: Registered Republicans and Democrats can vote in primary elections for Judge of the Superior Court. Here’s a list of candidates for the Superior Court (with links to their campaign websites) compiled by Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts. And here are the PA Bar Association’s candidate ratings.
In Bucks County, registered Democrats and Republicans can also vote in primary elections for the three seats on the County Commission, Clerk of Courts, Coroner, Register of Wills, Treasurer and as well as judgeships on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial Court. Here are Bucks County Bar Association ratings for Court of Common Pleas candidates.
There will also be races for municipal offices and school boards.
The Board of Bucks County Commissioners is composed of three commissioners, only two of whom can represent the majority party. The commissioners are responsible for the adoption and administration of the county’s operating budget - $432.6 million in 2019 - and oversight of almost 2,400 full-time employees. The commissioners are elected to four-year terms, and their salaries were $95,000 in 2018.
The Clerk of the Court of Quarter Sessions Oyer and Terminer is the custodian of criminal-court records. The clerk also keeps juvenile delinquency and dependency court records, and assesses, collects and disburses court costs and restitutions. The office, now known as Clerk of Courts, has existed in Pennsylvania since the first organization of English government in colonial America. A change in the Pennsylvania Constitution consolidated all the various courts into the Court of Common Pleas. The clerk of courts is elected to a four-year term, and the salary in 2018 was $86,000.
The chief duty of the Bucks County Coroner is to investigate all sudden, unexplained, or violent deaths in the county. When no physician has attended the deceased, burial is not permitted until the coroner issues a certificate stating the cause of death. If it can’t be otherwise determined, an inquest and an autopsy will be ordered. In case of death that might have resulted from a criminal act or neglect, the coroner conducts an inquest and calls witnesses to find criminal negligence or intent. If criminal intent is found, the case is bound over to the Court of Common Pleas. The coroner is also in charge of all county forensic services. The coroner is elected to a four-year term, and the salary in 2018 was $69, 529.
The principal duties of the Bucks County Register of Wills include probating wills and accepting for filing all documents necessary to complete the administration of a decedent's estate. If a person dies without a will, the Register, upon petition, will appoint an administrator of the estate. The Register is also the agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to collect inheritance tax. The Register holds a quasi-judicial position and, if necessary, conducts hearings to determine who should be appointed as executor or administrator of an estate. And as Clerk of Orphans' Court, the Register’s office serves as the filing office and custodian of records for matters involving adoptions, guardianship and estate litigation. The office also issues all marriage licenses for Bucks County. The Register of Wills is elected to a four-year term and the salary in 2018 was $93,321.
The Bucks County Treasurer is responsible for collecting, investing, disbursing and reconciling all county funds. The office maintains over 64 bank and financial statements, disburses all county checks and processes approximately 75,000 State license applications. And, as mandated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Treasurer's office issues dog, hunting, fishing, sport firearm registration, temporary boat registrations, bingo and small games of chance licenses. Other duties include collection and disbursement of Act 515/319 rollback taxes and the Bucks County Hotel Lodging Room Rental Tax. The Treasurer also chairs the Board of Investment and is a member of the Retirement Board and Board to Select Depositories. The Treasurer is elected to a four-year term, and the salary in 2018 was $86,000.
The Courts of Common Pleas are Pennsylvania's courts of general trial jurisdiction. They have existed since the colonial charter of Pennsylvania, and are incorporated in the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776. The Bucks County Court of Common Pleas currently consists of 13 judges and two senior judges. The Court of Common Pleas is supervised by a President Judge who is elected for a five-year term by the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas.
Candidates for seats on the Court of Common Pleas must be residents of their districts for at least one year and members of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Bar at the time of filing nomination petitions for office. Terms are for 10 years and the mandatory retirement age is 75.
Bucks County has 18 Magisterial District Courts located throughout the county, responsible for adjudicating all traffic citations and parking violations, as well non-traffic citations. The courts also process criminal and private criminal complaints inclusive of arraignments and preliminary hearings, and handle civil and landlord-tenant complaints up to a jurisdictional limit of $12,000. Judges can also administer oaths and perform marriages.
Candidates for seats on the Magisterial District Courts must be residents of their districts for at least one year and members of the Pennsylvania Bar or be certified by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts as having successfully completing a rigorous training and education program administered by the Minor Judiciary Education Board. Terms are for six years and the mandatory retirement age is 75.
Registered Democrats and Republicans can vote for candidates in their party's primary on May 21.
Unaffiliated and third party voters can vote on the ballot questions.
IMPORTANT ELECTION DAY INFORMATION
Voters with questions or issues on Election Day should call the proper authorities:
|For voter registration, polling location or other procedural issues||215-348-6154|
|Report potential election law violations to the District Attorney||215-348-6344|
For more information about Pennsylvania voting procedures, visit EveryoneVotes.PA.com.