In-Person Voting on Tuesday, June 2nd in Franklin County

Franklin County is planning on having all seventy-three polling places open on Tuesday, June 2nd from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm.

PRESS RELEASE
(To be released week of May 11th)

From:                Franklin County Election Board

Subject:            In-Person Voting on Tuesday, June 2nd in Franklin County

While Franklin County has already received more than 10,000 applications for either an absentee or mail-in ballot, some citizens prefer voting in person on Election Day.  The good news is that Franklin County is planning on having all seventy-three polling places open on Tuesday, June 2nd from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm.  If your polling place changes for any reason, you will receive notification by mail.

The Franklin County Election Board will be sending out Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for our dedicated poll workers including masks, face shields, gloves, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.  In order to help keep the poll workers safe, we request the following three (3) things from ALL VOTERS:

  • Wear A Face Mask
  • Bring Your Own Ink Pen (blue or black ink preferred)
  • Practice Social Distancing While in the Polling Place

A sign will be posted on the door of each polling place reminding voters of these three (3) requests.

We are taking precautions to help mitigate the spread of any contagion:

  • The curtain to the voting booths will either be removed totally or tied back so that the voter does not need to touch the curtain when entering the voting booth. 
  • Tabletop privacy dividers will be available so voters can sit at a table and vote their ballot privately. 
  • Voters will be encouraged to remain at least 6 feet away from others in line.
  • We ask that voters do their best to limit nonessential visitors (children, grandchildren, etc.).

Some polling places will have additional measures in place including changing the entrance/exit doors, blocking off hallways or lobby areas as well as prohibiting voters from utilizing the restrooms while voting.  Please cooperate fully with any request of the facility.

While each polling place will have cardboard privacy sleeves for voters to use to cover up their voted ballot, it is the County’s recommendation that voters turn their ballot upside down to scan it into the precinct scanner.  The ballot will be read correctly regardless of its orientation when scanned into the machine.  

Due to newly passed legislation, voters will no longer receive a numbered stub to take with them after voting.  Eliminating this stub, which caused issues with the precinct scanner, will greatly reduce the amount of spoiled ballots on Election Day.  Another new provision is that all election results, including write-in votes, will be available as they are processed on the County’s website at www.franklincountypa.gov. Results will no longer be placed on the outside door of the polling place on election night.   

Voters may also see some new faces at their polling place on June 2nd.  Some of our regular poll workers have asked to sit this election out due to having risk factors that make them more susceptible to serious complications of the COVID-19 virus.  We ask that all voters be patient and understanding with our new poll workers who have graciously stepped up and offered to serve in place of those in their community who asked to be relieved of their duties for the upcoming June 2nd election.

Voting is a right, privilege and responsibility.  If a voter chooses not to vote in person, there is still time for them to request either an absentee or mail-in ballot by calling (717) 261-3812 or by visiting VotesPA.com.  All new registrations and/or changes to an individual’s name, address or party will need to be submitted no later than May 18th.  An application for an absentee or mail-in ballot will need submitted no later than May 26th.

IMPORTANT – If a voter has requested either an absentee or mail-in ballot, they cannot change their mind and show up at their polling place expecting to vote a regular ballot in-person.  Since voted ballots can be returned to the Voter Registration Office up until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, the pollworkers will not know affirmatively whether they have already returned a voted ballot and so the only option for these voters at the polling place is to be given a provisional ballot.  The County Election Board is strongly urging voters to return their voted absentee or mail-in ballot instead of voting a provisional ballot at the polling place.

For additional information on voting in Franklin County, please visit the Voter/Election homepage at www.franklincountypa.gov.  Any questions can be directed to the Franklin County Election Board by calling (717) 261-3810. More information on preventing the spread of COVID-19 at polling places can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/election-polling-locations.html.

 

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