Philly voters face new voting machines as judgeships, city offices are up for grabs

Pat Loeb
November 05, 2019 - 4:00 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia voters will be confronted with new machines when they go to the polls Tuesday. They'll also have a lengthy ballot to select from. 

The new machine, with its paper ballot and touch screen, may seem daunting, but election officials chose it largely because they hoped it would look more or less familiar with a similar layout to the previous machines. 

On the left of the first screen, voters will see the judicial races; to the right are city races: mayor, commissioners, register of wills, sheriff and City Council. 

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Voters have to view the second screen, which has judicial retention and ballot questions, in order to cast their vote.

Mayor Jim Kenney is seeking a second term, though you'd hardly know it's a race. 

He says after a first term in which he retook control of public schools and funded anti-poverty measures with a soda tax, he'll take on gun violence in the next four years. Except that he doesn't exactly commit to staying for the next four years. 

He says he's considering a run for governor in 2022. 

"I don't know. I mean, two years is a lifetime in politics and we'll see where I am in a year and a half, two years and make a decision based on that. But I'm still looking forward to starting a new term and seeing our initiatives come to fruition and starting some new ones," he said.

He's declined to engage his Republican opponent, Billy Ciancaglini, who Kenney says is running a Facebook-focused, negative campaign.

"Me giving him a platform or me getting on a stage with him just amplifies the anger and the hatred and the racism and all the things that appear on his page," Kenney said.

Due to the city's overwhelming Democratic registration, Kenney is considered a shoo-in, as are the other Democratic candidates. There's still a race, though, for two City Council at-large seats, with five Republicans and nine independent or third-party candidates vying for them.