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November 08, 2016

Pennsylvanians vote 'yes' to increase judicial age, borrow millions for city projects

2016 Election Ballot Questions
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People cast their votes on Nov. 6, 2012, at a 1st Ward polling location in South Philadelphia.


Pennsylvanians have voted by a razor-thin margin to extend the age limit for its judges. With 99.2 percent of votes in, the Department of State is reporting that a "yes" vote on the constitutional amendment is leading a "no" vote, 50.8 to 49.1 percent.

All Pennsylvania voters were asked to decide whether the Pennsylvania Constitution should be amended to extend the maximum age for judges, including those on the state Supreme Court, from 70 years to 75 years. 

The ballot question, which read, "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?" faced controversy for its confusion.

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More definitively, Philadelphians have approved the city to borrow millions to fund various projects.  With almost 99 percent of the votes in, the Philadelphia City Commissioner's office reported that a "yes" vote on the ballot question is leading "no," 67 to 33 percent.

Philadelphia voters were asked to decide whether or not the city should borrow $184.3 million to fund infrastructure projects. Outlined in a City Council bill passed in September, the money would be spent on the following:

• Transit: $4,683,131

• Streets and Sanitation: $33,436,080

• Municipal Buildings: $100,943,681

• Parks, Recreation and Museums: $25,740,061

• Economic and Community Development: $19,500,047

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