Turnout strong in Northwest’s 9th, 22nd ward

by Pete Mazzaccaro
Posted 5/20/21

As is usually the case, turnout in Northwest Philadelphia’s wards – the 9th and 22nd – was strong for Tuesday’s primary election, which saw incumbent District Attorney Larry …

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Turnout strong in Northwest’s 9th, 22nd ward

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As is usually the case, turnout in Northwest Philadelphia’s wards – the 9th and 22nd – was strong for Tuesday’s primary election, which saw incumbent District Attorney Larry Krasner secure his party’s nomination.

Philadelphia saw approximately 17% of registered voters make it to the polls. The 9th ward saw twice the rate of turnout, with 34%. The 22nd Ward was not far behind with almost 30% voter turnout.

With more than 95% of precincts reported Tuesday morning, Krasner won overwhelming support in both wards. In the 9th he collected 2,909 votes (77.18%) and 4,104 (85.93%) in the 22nd.

Both wards voted against ballot questions supported by the state’s Republican legislators.  Both questions won approval state-wide and passed. The questions and the results for each were as follows:

Question 1: “ Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to change existing law and increase the power of the General Assembly to unilaterally terminate or extend a disaster emergency declaration—and the powers of Commonwealth agencies to address the disaster regardless of its severity pursuant to that declaration—through passing a concurrent resolution by simple majority, thereby removing the existing check and balance of presenting a resolution to the Governor for approval or disapproval?”

9th Ward – No: 3,287 (84.25%), Yes: 613 (15.75%)

22nd Ward – No: 3,517 (78.96%), Yes: 937 (21.04%)

Question 2: “Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to change existing law so that: a disaster emergency declaration will expire automatically after 21 days, regardless of the severity of the emergency, unless the General Assembly takes action to extend the disaster emergency; the Governor may not declare a new disaster emergency to respond to the dangers facing the Commonwealth unless the General Assembly passes a concurrent resolution; the General Assembly enacts new laws for disaster management?”

9th Ward – No 3,476 (82.16%), Yes: 654 (15.84%)

22nd Ward – No: 4,025 (82.51%), Yes: 853 (17.49%)

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