May 07, 2021

Important Information For the Upcoming Municipal Primary Election on Tuesday, May 18, 2021

What time do the polls open and close?

Polls in Franklin County will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.  Registered voters who are in line at 8:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote. 

Am I still registered to vote?

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.

Where do I go to vote?

There are seventy-three (73) polling places in Franklin County and you need to go to the polling place assigned to you based on your residence address.  Check your registration card for the polling place location or log onto the SURE Public Portal at www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us.  This website will also provide directions from your home to your polling place.

Has Franklin County consolidated or changed any polling places as a result of Covid-19 concerns?

All polling places in Franklin County will be open for in-person voting on May 18th. 

What other things will be different at the polling place as a result of Covid-19?

Voters appearing at the polling place will see a sign on the door of the polling place reminding them of three requests to:  1) Bring your own blue or black ink pen, 2) Wear a facemask and 3) Practice social distancing.  We strongly urge all voters to follow this safety protocol.  If a voter does not have an ink pen or facemask, the pollworkers will provide them one, upon request.  Hand sanitizer will also be available for the voters’ use.

Voter Safety Checklist

Voters may also notice other changes at their polling place including different entrance and exit doors, no curtains on the voting booths, no access to the restrooms, and different layouts to accommodate social distancing as well as the use of tabletop privacy dividers. 

Pollworkers have been provided a Pollworker Protection Kit that includes facemasks, faceshields, gloves, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes and floor marking tape.

If I received an absentee or mail-in ballot, what is the deadline to return the voted ballot and where can I return it in-person?

The deadline to return the voted ballot to the County is 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, May 18th.  Please mail your voted ballot as soon as possible so that there is ample time to receive it through USPS.  If you are concerned with the mailed ballot not being received on time, voters are able to deliver their voted ballots in person to the Voter Registration Office, located in the New Administration Building, 272 North Second Street, Chambersburg, PAPLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR VOTED BALLOT TO THE POLLING PLACE SINCE THEY WILL BE UNABLE TO ACCEPT IT.

For which offices am I voting?

Registered voters will be voting for the following offices:  Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge of the Superior Court, Judge of the Commonwealth Court, County Treasurer, Magisterial District Judge #39-3-03 & #39-3-07, School Directors, Auditors, Tax Collectors, Township Supervisors, Constables, Mayors, Councilpersons, Judges of Election and Inspectors of Election.  There are also three Constitutional Amendment questions and one Statewide Referendum that all registered voters will be able to vote for.  NOTE: Those voters registered Independent or with a Minor Political Party will be able to vote a Non-Partisan ballot with just the four questions appearing on it.

A sample ballot is available on the County’s website at www.franklincountypa.gov  or may be obtained from the Franklin County Commissioners’ Office, 272 North Second Street, Chambersburg beginning on Thursday, May 13th.

What do I need to take with me to the polling place?

If you are voting in an election district for the first time, you will need an approved form of identification, either photo or non-photo.  No other voter will be asked to present an ID.

Is my polling place handicapped accessible?

All polling places are considered handicapped accessible.

May I receive assistance in voting?

No person is allowed to receive assistance in voting unless his/her registration record indicates the need for assistance or the voter completes and signs a declaration of the need for assistance at the polling place prior to entering the voting booth.       A voter may select anyone to assist them EXCEPT: 1) The Judge of Elections; 2) The voter’s employer or agent of that employer; or 3) An officer or agent of the voter’s union.  Also, each polling place will have a lighted magnifier with a bifocal lens available to assist those voters who may have trouble reading their ballot.

Are candidates allowed to hand out or display campaign literature at the polling place?

The Election Code states that those individuals or candidates that are campaigning must remain at least ten (10) feet distant from the entrance of the polling place during the progress of the voting.

Am I allowed to display or wear any type of attire with a candidate’s name on it into the polls?

The Franklin County Election Board reminds all voters that NO electioneering is allowed within the polling place.  This includes the display of candidate names on buttons, signs, or clothing within the polling place as well as items advocating a political party, etc.  Voters will be asked to remove the item or to cover it up before receiving a ballot. 

Where can I find information about the candidates who will be appearing on the ballot?

Check the local newspapers or contact either the Franklin County Democratic Committee (717-530-1662) or the Franklin County Republican Party (717-263-7999) for information.

Who do I contact with questions regarding voting or the election day process?

All voter registration questions should be directed to the Franklin County Voter Registration Office at (717) 261-3886.  All election related questions should be directed to the Franklin County Election Board at (717) 261-3810.

What type of voting system do we use in Franklin County?

For information on voting in Franklin County, you may watch an online demo and/or instructional video on voting an optical scan ballot using a DS200 Precinct Counter at the following website – www.votespa.com (Voting & Elections/ Types of Voting/ In Person).  We also have an assistive marking device for the blind or visually impaired in each polling place that is called an ExpressVote and a demo of this machine can be viewed at this website as well.

Where can I view election results?

Franklin County results will be located on the County’s website at www.franklincountypa.gov. To view results from other counties or for all of Pennsylvania, please use the Department of State’s website which is www.electionreturns.state.pa.us.

REMEMBER, VOTING IS A PRIVILEGE AND EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

 

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