Philadelphia City Charter
Voters in Philadelphia today will find two questions on their election ballot that deal with restructuring the city’s government.
“Typical” is how a Philadelphia elections official describes the problems that have cropped up so far in the first couple of hours of voting.
The city charter requires that departmental regulations and notices of meetings be published in local newspapers. That charter dates from the early 1950s, so of course there’s no mention of the Internet.
The sponsor of the plan, Councilman-at-large David Oh, noted that state elected officials and those from other cities face no such provision, so eliminating it here levels the playing field for city officials.
Councilman David Oh believes that since state lawmakers don’t have to resign to run for mayor, city elected officials shouldn’t have to, either.