Franklin County: Lawsuit delayed printing ballots

Fall Election
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A lawsuit has delayed the printing of absentee and mail-in ballots for November’s general election, according to local officials.

The Franklin County Voter Registration Office has been busy for weeks processing applications for absentee and mail-in ballots for Nov. 3rd’s upcoming Presidential Election.

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The goal was to release the ballots mid-September. Court challenges changed that goal, however. The county now must wait for the Pennsylvania Department of State to determine which candidates will appear on ballots.   

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Commonwealth Court heard an objection last week regarding Green Party Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker. The court ruled Hawkins should be placed on the ballot but Walker should be removed.  The Green Party immediately appealed the decision. The state Supreme Court ordered a stay of the Department of State’s certification of the ballot.  

Printing of ballots in all 67 PA counties have been delayed until the court case is resolved. 

Once the candidate list has been certified and the County is able to start printing ballots, voters can visit the Franklin County Voter Registration Office, apply for a ballot, receive it and vote. It can been done in one visit, in privacy, according to the county election board.

The voter registration office is located in the Old Courthouse, Memorial Square, 2 N. Main St., First Floor.

Changes announced

The County following changes 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.  Chambersburg Borough Council approved the decision at their September 14 meeting. 
  • The court’s cell phone policy is temporarily modified 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 19 – the last day to register to vote, or make a change to a voter’s name, address or party  affiliation 
  • October 27 – the last day to apply for either an absentee or mail-in ballot.  All applications must be in the office by 5 p.m. 
  • November 3 – Absentee and mail-in ballots must be returned no later than 8 p.m. 
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