It's that time again: election time! In Pennsylvania, the polls are open from 7:00AM until 8:00PM. As this is an "off-year" election, focused on municipal races, it sadly generates less interest. Of course, if you ever wondered where presidents, senators, governors, etc. get their start, you can usually look towards these "boring" off-year municipal elections.
Here's something you may not know: in Pennsylvania, the people who work at your polling place are often a combination of appointed and elected individuals; the former are volunteers generally not assigned to work the same polling place that they vote at, whereas the latter have petitioned their neighbours to get on the ballot for the opportunity to work the polling place they vote at. As such, voters in Pennsylvania have an opportunity to choose who aids them in voting.
If you are a voter in Ward 32, District 7 of the City of Pittsburgh, you will see a familiar name on your ballot for one of the poll worker positions: mine. I, Seth Warren, am the Democratic candidate for Judge of Election at my polling station. My friend, Eva Diodati is running as the Democratic candidate for another poll worker position: Inspector of Election. If you live in Pittsburgh's 32nd Ward, District 7, I wish to humbly ask for your vote and confidence for both myself and Ms. Diodati to serve at the polls for the next four years. Thank you.
And now, I take off my candidate hat and resume wearing my private citizen cap as I list my personal opinions on which sections of the voting machine touch screen I shall be placing my finger upon:
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to permit the General Assembly to enact legislation authorizing local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 100 percent of the assessed value of each homestead property with a local taxing jurisdiction, rather than limit the exclusion to one-half of the median assessed value of all homestead property, which is the existing law?
Shall Section 707. Multiple Employment Prohibited, of the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter be amended to permit a compensated City employee to hold a compensated position as a part-time athletic coach in a public school system or a compensated part-time educational position at a public institution of higher learning, as more fully described in Pittsburgh Ordinance 36?