September 15, 2020

Lawsuit Delays Absentee and Mail-in Voting Ballots in Franklin County

While the goal was to release the ballots mid-September, due to ongoing court challenges, the County continues to wait on official certification from the Pennsylvania Department of State.

The Franklin County Voter Registration Office has been busy for weeks processing applications for both absentee and mail-in ballots for the upcoming Presidential Election on November 3rd.  While the goal was to release the ballots mid-September, due to ongoing court challenges, the County continues to wait on official certification from the Pennsylvania Department of State as to which candidates should be appearing on our ballots. 

Last week the Commonwealth Court heard an objection regarding the Green Party Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker, and ruled that Mr. Hawkins should be placed on the ballot while Ms. Walker should be removed. In response to an immediate appeal filed, the PA Supreme Court ordered a stay of the Department of State’s certification of the ballot.  Printing of ballots in all 67 PA counties will be delayed until this court case is resolved.

Once the candidate list has been certified and the County is able to start printing ballots, voters will have the option to visit the Franklin County Voter Registration Office, Old Courthouse, Memorial Square, 2 N. Main St., First Floor, Chambersburg to make an application for a ballot, receive the ballot and vote in privacy all in the same visit.

The County is pleased to announce some important changes that will aid voters in accessing the Voter Registration Office:

  • Temporary parking (15 minute limit) along Lincoln Way East beside the Old Courthouse will be permitted until the election. This was approved by the Chambersburg Borough Council at their September 14th meeting.
  • A temporary modification is made to the court’s cell phone policy for individuals dropping off ballots. Voters with a cell phone will not be turned away upon entering the Old Courthouse as long as they are only visiting the Voter Registration Office and do not have court business.

Upcoming important dates include:

            October 19th – the last day to register to vote, or make a change to a voter’s                                        name, address or party affiliation.

            October 27th – the last day to apply for either an absentee or mail-in ballot.                                           All applications must be in the office by 5:00 p.m.

            November 3rd – Absentee and mail-in ballots must be returned no later than                                          8:00 p.m.

 

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