Voters have asked the League if there are any consitutional amendment questions on the Nov. 3 ballot. There are none.
Both the Delaware Daily Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer recently published four proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution. However, they are not up for voter approval this year. The Pennsylvania Legislature approved them in the 2019-2020 session (ending in December) and they must be approved again in exactly the same form in the 2021-2022 legislative session (next year) before they can be placed on the ballot for voters to approve or reject.
The four proposed constitutional amendments are:
- A proposal to elect the lieutenant governor and the governor together as a ticket, just as the U.S. president and vice president are elected. Currently the lieutenant governor is elected independently.
- An amendment to the statute governing the tenure of judges that allows the names of judges filing for retention to be submitted to the voters on a separate judicial ballot or separate column on voting machines at the municipal election immediately preceding the expiration of his or her term of office. (Words in bold are added to the current law.)
- A proposal to elect all Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court judges in judicial districts. Currently these judges are all elected in statewide elections. The General Assembly will determine the boundaries of the districts.
- An amendment prohibiting the denial or abridgement of equality of rights because of race or ethnicity and allowing the General Assembly to terminate a governor’s disaster emergency declaration after 21 days.
The purpose of the publication of these proposed amendments is to alert voters and allow them to contact their representatives in the coming year to advocate for or against any of these proposals.