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 Delaware County, registered Democrats and Republicans can also vote in primary elections for District Attorney and two of the five seats on County Council, as well as judgeships on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial Court. There will be races for municipal offices and school boards, as well as ballot questions in certain townships/boroughs.
Here’s a voter guide with extensive information on candidates for Delaware County offices as well as Haverford Township offices, compiled by the Havertown-area Community Action Network (H-Can).
Delaware County’s Home Rule Charter gives the five-member County Council the authority to pass ordinances, resolutions and proclamations, and to provide budget and personnel to the needs of the residents as they arise. Council is responsible for adopting a budget each calendar year, raising funds through taxes or bonds for capital projects, setting payroll scales and employee size County Council is also involved in activities pertaining to economic development, public transportation, waste disposal, human services, land use and culture. The Council decides the best means of providing services required by law or are necessary for the well-being of the county, and determines the participation of the county in intergovernmental programs involving federal, state and local government. And the Council distributes federal and state grants for social services. Members of County Council are elected at-large to four-year terms at staggered two-year intervals. Three seats up are for election in 2019.
The Delaware County District Attorney oversees almost 100 attorneys, detectives and support personnel who investigate and prosecute criminal cases in the county. The DA is elected to a four-year term and the salary is $179,000.
The Delaware County Court of Common Pleas is a general jurisdiction trial court located in Media. It’s 17 full-time judges and five 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.
The Magisterial District Court is the first level of judicial authority in Pennsylvania and is the court where most people experience the judicial system for the first time. There are 30 Magisterial District Courts located in offices throughout Delaware County. An elected Magisterial District Judge presides over each of the individual Magisterial District Courts. Magisterial District Judges handle all traffic cases, other minor criminal cases and civil cases involving amounts up to $12,000. District Judges also set bail and conduct preliminary hearings in misdemeanor and felony criminal cases to determine if the cases should be dismissed or transferred to the Court of Common Pleas for further proceedings. Magisterial District judges may also administer oaths and affirmations, and take acknowledgements. They also have authority to 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.
· Liquor License, Aldan Borough: Do you favor the granting of liquor licenses for the sale of liquor in Aldan Borough of Delaware County?
· Liquor License, Lansdowne Borough: Do you favor the granting of liquor licenses for the sale of liquor in the Borough of Lansdowne?
· Liquor License, Marple Township: Do you favor the granting of liquor licenses for the sale of liquor in Marple Township of Delaware County?
· Open Space Middletown Township: Shall Middletown Township, Delaware County, PA, incur electoral debt in the sum of Eight Million Dollars ($8,000,000.00) for the purpose of financing the purchase of +/- 80.992 acres of land, more or less, located at the Northwest Corner of Forge Road and Valley Road, for active and passive recreational purposes and to preserve open space for the citizens of Middletown Township, and for paying related costs, including but not limited to bond closing costs, legal expenses, appraisals, surveys and settlement costs?
IMPORTANT ELECTION DAY INFORMATION
Voters with questions or issues on Election Day should call the proper authorities:
|For questions regarding voter registration or polling location||610-891-4659|
|For questions or concerns about the ballot or candidate legal matter||610-891-4673|
|Report potential election law violations to the Delaware Co. District Attorney||610-891-4161|
For more information about Pennsylvania voting procedures, visit EveryoneVotes.PA.com.