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All registered voters can vote on ballot questions

Measures address state constitutional changes

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Monday is the deadline for registering to vote in the May 18 primary that features four ballot questions in addition to political party nominees for county, municipal, school board and state judicial seats.

While Pennsylvania primary’s is generally limited to registered Republican and Democratic voters, all registered voters regardless of party registration can vote on the ballot questions.

Those who aren’t registered to vote and those who want to check on their registration status should access the state’s website at www.votespa.com. Blair County residents can also telephone the county elections office at 814-693-3150 to check on their registration and if needed, to file a registration form.

Residents outside of Blair County should contact their county elections office.

The Pennsylvania League of Women Voters, in online postings about the ballot questions, indicates that two of the four questions address state constitutional changes that will give the Legislature more power in determining the extension or termination of disaster emergency declarations.

If the first question is approved, then the Legislature, by a simple majority vote, will have the power to take away the governor’s existing authority to make disaster declarations and to coordinate with relevant state agencies.

If the second question is approved, the governor’s disaster emergency declaration will be limited to 21 days (instead of the current 90), unless and until the Legislature votes by a simple majority to extend the disaster emergency declaration.

The third ballot question adds a section to the state Constitution providing that all levels of Pennsylvania government, entities and institutions be prohibited from discriminating against individuals because of race or ethnicity.

The fourth ballot question asks for permission to expand the state’s loan program to paid municipal fire and emergency medical service companies. The program is already available to volunteer fire and emergency medical service companies.

Ballot questions can also be reviewed at www.votespa.com and on sample ballots now posted on the county’s website at www.blairco.org.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 814-946-7456.

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