2020 Election Frequently Asked Questions
The deadline to apply to register to vote for the upcoming Presidential Election (on November 3rd) is Monday, October 19th. This is also the deadline for a voter to change their name, address and/or party affiliation.
All forms must physically be submitted by this date as postmarks do not count. If your application is received after that date, it will be processed for the 2021 Municipal Primary in May.
Once the registration application is processed, each voter will receive a voter registration card in the mail which will notate the location of their polling place. Voters can access the application by visiting www.votespa.com.
To search for your voter registration status (Active or Inactive), your party affiliation, or your polling place address, log onto the SURE Public Portal at www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us or call the Voter Registration Office at (717) 261-3886 during business hours.
Individuals are no longer purged due to non-voting. To search for your voter registration status (active or inactive), your party affiliation, or your polling place address, log onto the SURE Public Portal at www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us or call the Voter Registration Office at (717) 261-3886 during business hours.
Any questions concerning registering to vote should be directed to the Voter Registration Office at (717) 261-3886 or the Franklin County Election Board at (717) 261-3810.
Our goal is to have ALL seventy-three (73) polling places in Franklin County open for those who wish to cast their ballot in-person. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
While the mail-in ballot provision is brand new this year, Franklin County has had absentee balloting available for many, many years and have had no reports of fraudulent activity. The Voter Registration Office verifies each application by checking either the voter’s social security information or driver’s license information. Once the ballot is received back, the voter’s signature is compared to the one we have on file. All applications and ballots are processed in Franklin County locally by dedicated, trustworthy staff who make it their top priority to insure every allowable ballot is counted.
A voter who desires to vote by absentee ballot or mail-in ballot must complete an application and submit it to their County Board of Elections in one of the following ways:
1. Apply online at https://www.votespa.com/ApplyAbsentee. (Voter must have a PA Driver’s License or PA Identification Card to use this option.)
2. Download and print a PDF application and send it to the address listed below. Applications in both English and Spanish can be found at the County’s website or the state’s website at https://www.votespa.com/ApplyAbsentee.
3. Voters may request an absentee or mail-in ballot application by calling 717-261-3812.
All applications can be mailed to:
Voter Registration Office
157 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, PA 17201
or faxed to (717) 261-3131
All applications must be completed, signed by the elector, and received by the Franklin County Voter Registration Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th. There are provisions made for individuals that need an emergency ballot after the Tuesday before the election. Contact the Franklin County Voter Registration Office at 717-261-3886 for additional details.
1. Mark your paper ballot, following the instructions found on the ballot.
2. Place your ballot in the secrecy envelope and then put the secrecy envelope into the official envelope. Be sure to sign the declaration envelope or your ballot may not count.
3. Return your voted ballot to the Voter Registration Office, either in-person or by mail, making sure it arrives on time.
Voted ballots must be received by the County no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd. Postmarks do not count. When returning a ballot by mail, please allow three (3) days for local delivery and 4-5 days for longer distances.
Voters have until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th, to apply for their ballot. Keep in mind that once Voter Registration receives an application, a ballot has to be mailed to the voter, voted and then returned to Voter Registration by mail or in person. For this reason voters are encouraged to not wait until the last minute. Voters can access the online application at www.votespa.com.
Franklin County’s goal was to mail out ballots to those who have submitted an application no later than the week of September 28th, however a pending lawsuit has delayed this process state-wide.
A voter has until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 3rd) to return their own voted ballot to the Voter Registration Office which is located on the first floor of the Old Courthouse, 2 North Main Street, Chambersburg which is on the northeast corner of the square. If a voter wants to ensure their ballot arrives timely, they are encouraged to drop it off at the Old Courthouse up until 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 3rd. At this time Franklin County is not planning on utilizing drop boxes due to security concerns.
Military and Overseas Civilians must submit a Federal Post Card Application by going to www.fvap.gov.
Yes, but first you will need to complete and return a Request to Cancel Absentee or Mail-in Ballot Status form. This form can be found at the following link: https://www.votespa.com/Resources/Documents/PADOS_PermStatusCancellationForm.pdf.
A voter now has the option to request to be added to an annual mail-in ballot request list by checking the designated box under Item #7 on the application. Once your application is approved, you will automatically receive ballots for the remainder of that year without submitting a new application request form. You will also receive an application to renew your mail-in ballot request each year thereafter.
All forms can be obtained by contacting either the Voter Registration Office at (717) 261-3886 or the County Board of Elections at (717) 261-3818.
A voter must complete Section C on the Application for Absentee Ballot (online application here) which requires a physician’s signature. Once you are on this list, you will have an absentee ballot application mailed to you by the first Monday in February each year. If you complete and return the application, the county will send you ballots in the mail for all the elections that take place that year, as well as for any special election held through the third Monday of February of the next year.
In order to vote a regular ballot at the polls after receiving a mail-in ballot, the voter will need to take their mail-in ballot and declaration envelope to the polling place to be voided. At that time, the voter will be provided a regular ballot that they can vote and scan into the precinct counter.
IMPORTANT: A voter who applies for an absentee ballot or mail-in ballot is not eligible to vote at a polling place on Election Day, except by provisional ballot UNLESS they surrender their ballot and declaration envelope. The pollworkers will then spoil the absentee/mail-in ballot and allow the voter to cast a regular ballot.
Voted ballots must be received by the County no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd . Postmarks do not count. When returning a ballot by mail, please allow three (3) days for local delivery and 4-5 days for longer distances.
There are two locations where a voter can hand deliver their voted ballot in-person. Per election law, each voter is required to return their own ballot and cannot deliver one for their spouse, child, etc. These two County offices are open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Franklin County will not be utilizing drop boxes due to safety and security concerns.
1. Franklin County Voter Registration Office
Old Courthouse on Memorial Square, 1st Floor
2 North Main Street
Chambersburg, PA 17201
2. Franklin County Commissioners’ Office/County Board of Elections
(across from the Corpus Christi Church)
340 North Second Street
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Please visit the Voter and Election Information page on www.franklincountypa.gov for more information regarding the 2020 General Election on November 3rd.