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OFFICIAL NOTICE OF ELECTION FOR MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS

COUNTY OF WARREN, PA

2016 General Election (November 8, 2016)

This is an official notice of a general election to be conducted on November 8, 2016 in Warren County.  You may register to vote and request an official absentee ballot by using the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA), available at www.votespa.com or www.fvap.gov.  You may apply for an absentee ballot by submitting your FPCA by fax to (814) 728-3419 or by email to lzuck@warren-county.net.

You may request an absentee ballot from this office at any time prior to a primary or election. However, if time does not permit you to receive and return an official absentee ballot, you are also entitled to vote using the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).  Military electors may also use the FWAB to register to vote and to vote simultaneously.

You may use the FWAB to vote for a candidate for all state and local offices, and ballot initiatives.  To vote, refer to Page 3 of the FWAB.

To vote, write in the name of the candidate of your choice in the space provided on the FWAB.  To vote for state and local offices or for ballot initiatives, write the names of the candidates or ballot initiatives in the Addendum section of the FWAB.  Under the Office/Ballot Initiative heading, enter the office the candidate is running for or the title of the Ballot Initiative (referendum).  Under the Candidate Name, Party Affiliation or Initiative Vote heading, list the name of the candidate you wish you to vote for, or if you are voting on a Referendum question, write “yes” or “no”.

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES /VICE-PRESIDENT

Vote for One -- All Precincts within Warren County

  • Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine – Democratic
  • Donald J. Trump/Michael R. Pence – Republican
  • Darrell L. Castle/Scott N. Bradley – Constitution
  • Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka – Green
  • Gary Johnson/William Weld – Libertarian

UNITED STATES SENATOR

Vote for One -- All Precincts within Warren County

  • Katie McGinty – Democratic
  • Pat Toomey – Republican
  • Edward T. Clifford, III - Libertarian

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Vote for One -- All Precincts within Warren County

  • Josh Shapiro – Democratic
  • John Rafferty – Republican
  • TBD– Libertarian

AUDITOR GENERAL

Vote for One -- All Precincts within Warren County

  • Eugene A. DePasquale – Democratic
  • John Brown – Republican
  • John J. Sweeney – Green
  • Roy A. Minet - Libertarian

STATE TREASURER

Vote for One -- All Precincts within Warren County

  • Joe Torsella – Democratic
  • Otto Voit – Republican
  • Kristin Combs - Green
  • James Babb - Libertarian

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS – 5th Congressional District

Vote for One -- All Precincts within Warren County

  • Kerith Strano Taylor – Democratic
  • Glenn GT Thompson - Republican

SENATOR IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY – 21st Senatorial District

Vote for One—All Precincts in Warren County EXCEPT COLUMBUS, ELDRED, SPRING CREEK AND SOUTHWEST TOWNSHIPS

  • Scott E. Hutchinson - Republican

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY – 65rd Legislative District

Vote for One -- All Precincts within Warren County

  • Troy Clawson – Democratic
  • Kathy L. Rapp - Republican

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

AMENDING THE MANDATORY JUDICIAL

RETIREMENT AGE

Ballot Question

Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to require that justices of the Supreme Court, judges, and magisterial district judges be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 75 years?

Plain English Statement of the Office of Attorney General

The purpose of the ballot question is to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to require that justices, judges and justices of the peace (known as magisterial district judges) be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 75 years.

Presently, the Pennsylvania Constitution provides that justices, judges and justices of the peace be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 70 years. Justices of the peace are currently referred to as magisterial district judges.

If the ballot question were to be approved, justices, judges and magisterial district judges would be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 75 years rather than the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 70 years.

This amendment to the mandatory retirement age would be applicable to all judges and justices in the Commonwealth, including the justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, judges of the Commonwealth Court, Superior Court, county courts of common pleas, community courts, municipal courts in the City of Philadelphia, and magisterial district judges.

The ballot question is limited in that it would not amend any other provisions of the Pennsylvania Constitution related to the qualification, election, tenure, or compensation of the justices, judges or magisterial district judges.

The effect of the ballot question would be to allow all justices, judges, and magisterial district judges to remain in office until the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 75 years. This would permit all justices, judges, and magisterial district judges to serve an additional five years beyond the current required retirement age.

SHEFFIELD TOWNSHIP

PROPOSED TAX INCREASE FOR POLICE SERVICES

Question

Shall an additional annual tax of three (3) Mills be imposed on all real property located within the township for the purpose of funding emergency services, specifically police services, to serve the needs of the township?

Plain English Statement per Resolution No. 449

The Second Class Township Code, Section 68205, provides that the electors of a Township must approve a tax increase of more than one-half mill to support ambulance, rescue and other emergency services serving the Township.  The Emergency Management Services Code, Section 7102, states that police services are included in the definition of emergency services. The Supervisors of Sheffield Township have determined that a tax increase of three (3) mills is necessary and appropriate to support police services within the Township.

The electorate is being asked to determine if it desires to have an additional three (3) mill tax on all real property located within the Township.  This tax would be used to provide police services within the Township.  The Township previously had a police department with an officer serving the needs of the Township.  The former police officer resigned, and the Supervisors determined that it was too costly to maintain the police force.  Sheffield Township has the ability to increase the taxes on real property by three (3) mills.  If approved by the electorate, this increase would be used for providing emergency services, specifically police services, within the Township.

CITY OF WARREN HOME RULE CHARTER REFERENDUM QUESTIONS

The Pennsylvania Home Rule Charter and Optional Plans Law, under which the City of Warren is organized, at Section 2941, provides that amendments to Warren’s Home Rule Charter may be proposed by Council via Ordinance.  Council has proposed an amendment to the Charter which must be approved by a majority of voters in the November 2016 General election to become effective.

CITY OF WARREN

HOME RULE CHARTER SECTION 604

Question

Shall Section 604 of the Home Rule Charter of the City of Warren be amended to state that no action of council shall be official unless approved by Four (4) of more members?

Plain English Statement per Ordinance 1877

The electorate is being asked to determine if any action that is to be taken by Council be by an affirmative vote of at least four (4) members.  The Home Rule Charter currently states that a vote of only three (3) members is required for Council to take action.  Prior to 1990, Council was comprised of five (5) members; based on this five-member Council, three (3) members of Council constituted a majority and could take action.  When the number of Council members was increased to seven (7) in 1990,  Section 604 of the Charter relating to the number of votes necessary to take action was overlooked and not changed  to require that the affirmative vote of at least four (4) Council members is required to take action.  If the voters fail to pass this referendum, only three (3) members of Council, rather than a majority of four (4) members of Council, will be able to take action and bind Council.

CITY OF WARREN

HOME RULE CHARTER SECTION 701

Question

Shall the first sentence of Section 701 of the Home Rule Charter of the City of Warren be amended to state the final action on ordinances shall be taken by a favorable vote of four (4) or more members of Council?

Plain English Statement per Ordinance 1877

The electorate is being asked to determine if any action that is to be taken by Council be by an affirmative vote of at least four (4) members.  The Home Rule Charter currently states that a vote of only three (3) members is required for Council to take action.  Prior to 1990, Council was comprised of five (5) members; based on this five-member Council, three (3) members of Council constituted a majority and could take action.  When the number of Council members was increased to seven (7) in 1990,  Section 701 of the Charter relating to the number of votes necessary to take action was overlooked and not changed  to require that the affirmative vote of at least four (4) Council members is required to enact an Ordinance.  If the voters fail to pass this referendum, only three (3) members of Council, rather than a majority of four (4) members of Council, will be able to enact Ordinances and bind Council.

CITY OF WARREN

HOME RULE CHARTER SECTION 702 (1)

Question

Shall Section 702 (1) of the Home Rule Charter of the City of Warren be amended to provide that notices of adopted ordinances include a brief summary of the ordinance and shall state where applicable, that the ordinance imposes a penalty?

Plain English Statement per Ordinance 1876

The electorate is being asked to determine if it is sufficient to publish a summary of an ordinance which imposes penalties as long as the summary states that the ordinance imposes penalties for non-compliance.  The City publishes, in newspapers of general circulation, notices of all ordinances that have been enacted by Council.  The City’s Home Rule Charter currently requires that the full text of ordinances that impose penalties be published.  This is no longer cost-effective and imposes a financial burden for the City to publish the full text of ordinances.  The full text of any ordinance is available for review at the office of the City Clerk, at the City’s webpage, and/or via hyperlink from the City’s webpage.   If the voters fail to pass this referendum, the City will be required to spend additional taxpayer dollars to publish the full text of ordinances when this information is readily available elsewhere.

CITY OF WARREN

HOME RULE CHARTER SECTION 1012

Question

Shall Section 1012 of the Home Rule Charter of the City of Warren be amended to require that the financial report including the independent annual audit, be completed no later than the last day of the sixth (6th) month following the end of the fiscal year being audited?

Plain English Statement per Ordinance 1878

The electorate is being asked to determine if the time in which to complete the annual independent audit and financial report should be extended until June 30 of the year following the year being audited.  The City’s Home Rule Charter currently provides that financial reports and the independent audit must be completed by April 30 of the year following the year being audited.  This is no longer possible due to new governmental accounting standards that have been imposed and due to the limited number of firms that handle governmental audits.  If the voters fail to pass this referendum, the current April 30 requirement will remain in effect, and the City will be unable to satisfy the requirements for preparing the annual financial reports and independent audit.

Official Notice Of Election For Military And Overseas Voters

Lisa R. Rivett
Director of Elections/Voter Registration
lzuck@warren-county.net
204 4th Avenue
Warren, PA  16365
(814) 728-3406