Philly voters have a lot to decide, including their answers to 4 ballot questions

Pat Loeb
May 21, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia voters: Remember to go way, way down to the bottom of the ballot. After you've selected all your candidates, you need to vote on four ballot questions.

Two of the questions are going to be an easy "yes" for most people. One asks to remove gender specific language from the charter, so councilman would become councilmember, for example. 

The other asks to establish an Office of Immigrant Affairs. There's already a Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, so the charter change would just make it permanent.

The third has virtually no effect. It would add language to the charter calling on the state legislature to raise the minimum wage to $15, and it will either be ignored or become obsolete.

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The fourth question, though, has opponents. It's a proposal from Council President Darrell Clarke that asks voters to create a quasi-police force of "public safety officers" for traffic and other small jobs.

"We're opposed to it," said Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby.

McNesby says he thinks the proposal violates state law.

"Traditionally and historically, that has been the work of a Philadelphia police officers and we're going to fight this all the way to the end," he said. 

And a reminder for independent voters: Though the primary is closed and you can't vote on candidates, you can go to your polling place and vote just on the questions.