Election 2020: 16000 mail-in ballots sent

Mail-in ballots

A total of 16000 mail-in ballots for November’s presidential election have been sent to Franklin County voters so far this month. Many have already filled them out and they are starting to be returned to the county election board, either by mail or in person.

The Franklin County Board of Elections has this reminder for anyone who has not registered to vote or needs to change their address and/or party affiliation. There is still time to do that. There is also still time to apply for a mail-in ballot.

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Deadline to register or change name, address and/or party affiliation

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Monday, October 19th is the deadline to submit a voter registration application. Postmarks do not apply so the form must physically be received by the deadline.

Once processed, the voter will receive a voter registration card in the mail providing them their polling place location.

Voters can access the application by visiting this state website.

Not sure if still registered, need to update name or address? Where to check status

To search for your voter registration status (Active or Inactive), your party affiliation, or your
polling place address, log onto the SURE Public Portal or call the Voter Registration Office at (717) 261-3886 during business hours.

Will my polling place be open for in-person voting on November 3rd?

ALL seventy-three (73) polling places in Franklin County will be open for those who
wish to cast their ballot in-person. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Deadline for applying for an absentee or mail-in ballot

Voters have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, to apply for their mail-in 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 office by mail or in person. For this reason voters are encouraged to not wait until the last minute. Voters can access the online application here.

Deadline to return a voted mail-in ballot

A voter has until 8 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 3) to return their own voted ballot to the
Voter Registration Office on the first floor of the Old Courthouse, 2 North Main
Street, Chambersburg. That’s 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 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Franklin County will not utilize drop boxes due to security concerns.

Other concerns

What if you decide after receiving your ballot in the mail that you wish to vote in person on election day. 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.

No access to a computer to register for ac mail-in ballot? No problem.

Any of the 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.

Is voting by mail safe in Franklin County?

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 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.

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