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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE UPCOMING ELECTION ON TUESDAY

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.

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, November 7th.  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 it making it on time, voters are able to deliver their voted ballots in person to the following location: Voter Registration Office located in the County’s Administration Building, 272 North Second Street, Chambersburg, PA.  PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR VOTED BALLOT TO THE POLLING PLACE SINCE THEY WILL BE UNABLE TO ACCEPT IT.

Whom do I vote for?

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 Commissioner, Clerk of Courts, Controller, Coroner, District Attorney, Prothonotary, Register and Recorder, Sheriff, Magisterial District Judges #39-2-01, #39-3-02, #39-3-05 and #39-3-06, School Directors, Township Supervisors, Auditors and Councilpersons.  There are also a few Tax Collectors and Mayors on the ballot in some municipalities due to vacancies. The Official Retention Election Ballot will be on the back of the Official Ballot and will include retention questions for two Judges of the Superior Court and one Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in the 39th Judicial District.

NOTE: ALL registered voters will be able to vote in this election regardless of party affiliation.

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, November 2nd.

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 w/ bifocal lens available to assist those voters who may have trouble reading their ballot.

Are Candidates allowed to Pass Out/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 that will be appearing on the Ballot?

Check the local newspapers, www.franklinvotes.org or contact either the Franklin County Democratic Committee (717-417-8841) 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 a digital 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

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At 18 years of age, Kitty was recruited to work for the Dept. of the Navy in Washington, D.C., where she resided in an all-girl’s boarding house. She created lifelong friendships there.

John Eugene Walck 1933-2024

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After he left the military, Bob worked several data entry jobs. After 10 years of service to the Federal Government, he retired in his early 70’s.

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Nina graduated from St. Joseph’s Nursing School in Lancaster, PA as a Registered Nurse. She enjoyed puzzles, reading and vacationing in Cape May, NJ.

Duane Lee Bidlack 1938-2024

Duane earned a Bachelor’s degree from Tri-State College and later a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University.

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