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.
In Chester County, registered Democrats and Republicans can also vote in primary elections for the three seats on the County Commission, District Attorney, Prothonotary, Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills, Sheriff and judgeships on the Chester County Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial Court. There will also be ballot questions in certain tounships/boroughs, as well as races for municipal offices and school boards.
Chester County’s three-member Board of Commissioners constitutes the chief governing body of the county. The board, together with its executive staff, manages the county government, and is responsible for policy making, fiscal management and the administration of county affairs. The Commissioners are elected to four-year terms.
The Chester County District Attorney oversees some 100 attorneys, detectives and support personnel who investigate and prosecute criminal cases in the county. The DA is elected to a four-year term.
The Prothonotary is the civil clerk of Chester County’s Court of Common Pleas and is responsible for recording all civil procedures before the court. This official signs and seals all writs and processes numerous other court documents. The office also processes passport applications, and records and files legal papers in such areas as name changes, custody decisions, divorces, drivers-license suspension appeals, tax liens and school audits. The word prothonotary is Latin for “first, chief or highest administrator” and the title dates back to ancient Rome. The Prothonotary oversees a budget of some $1.4-m. The term of office is four years
The Recorder of Deeds is the official responsible for Chester County’s public repository of real-estate records, military discharges, commissions and official documents. The term of office is four years.
The Register of Wills' principal duties 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, who’s also the agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to collect inheritance tax. 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 office files and keeps custody of records for matters involving adoptions, guardianship and estate litigation. The office also issues all marriage licenses for the county. The term of office is four years.
The Sheriff is Chester County’s chief law-enforcement officer under the Pennsylvania Constitution. While most police work is done by local and state police, the Sheriff’s office is responsible for enforcing court orders, serving criminal and civil writs issued by county courts, transporting prisoners throughout the Commonwealth and performing extraditions from other states for court proceedings, assisting other law-enforcement agencies in processing DUI offenders, issuing firearms licenses, conducting sales or real and personal property, assisting local and regional law-enforcement agencies during emergencies and apprehensions, and ensuring safety in county courts. The term of office is four years.
The Court of Common Pleas of Chester County is a general jurisdiction trial court located in West Chester. Its 12 full-time judges and two senior judges hear a wide spectrum of cases, including adult and juvenile criminal prosecutions, lawsuits involving money or property, divorce, custody disputes, child support issues, adoptions and estates.
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.
Chester County has 17 Magisterial District Court offices 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.
There are currently ballot questions to be decided by all voters in Franklin and West Marlborough Townships (not just registered Republicans and Democrats)
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP REFERENDUM Do you favor the granting of liquor licenses for the sale of liquor in the Township of Franklin?
WEST MARLBOROUGH TOWNSHIP REFERENDUM: Do you favor the granting of liquor licenses for the sale of liquor in the Township of West Marlborough of Chester County?
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||610-344-6410|
|Report potential election law violations to the District Attorney||610-344-6801|
For more information about Pennsylvania voting procedures, visit EveryoneVotes.PA.com.