The Franklin County Election Board has released important information for voters for Tuesday’s primary election.
What Time Do the Polls Open and Close?
Polls in Franklin County will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Registered voters who are in line at 8 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 73 polling places in Franklin County. 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. The Franklin County Election Board made the decision not to consolidate polling places unless absolutely necessary. There has been one change to a polling place location for the upcoming primary; Lurgan Township voters will now be voting at the Lurgan Lion’s Club, 13978 Cumberland Highway, Roxbury. Registered voters affected by this change in location will receive a postcard notice in the mail.
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:
- Bring own blue or black ink pen;
- Wear a facemask;
- Practice social distancing.
All voters e are strongly urged 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.
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; different layouts to accommodate social distancing, as well as the use of tabletop privacy dividers.
Poll workers have been provided a Poll Worker Protection Kit that includes facemasks, face shields, 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 p.m. Tuesday. Please mail your voted ballot as soon as possible so that there is ample time to receive it through USPS.
Voters concerned about their ballot making it on time can deliver their voted ballots in person to the following two locations:
- Voter Registration Office located in the Old Courthouse, 2 N. Main St. on the square in Chambersburg; or
- County Commissioners’ Office/County Board of Elections located at 340 N. Second St., Chambersburg.
DO not take mail-in or absentee ballots to the polling place. They will not be accepted there.
If I requested an absentee or mail-in ballot, but changed my mind and now want to vote in-person, will I be allowed to do so?
No. Poll workers can not confirm the validity of absentee or mail-in ballots. If a voter has lost or misplaced their ballot, they can vote a “provisional” ballot. The ballot will not be counted at the polling place. The county election board will research the ballot to determine if the voter is eligible to vote.
Those who asked for ballots by mail should return those ballots to the county. Do not show up at the polls Tuesday.
Are there any other changes to voting procedures that I need to be aware of?
Voters will no longer receive a stub/receipt when voting. The law recently changed to eliminate the stub because it had caused machine issues at prior elections. Sometimes voters inadvertently tore their ballots while in the process of tearing off the stub. Those ballots were spoiled and voters had to revote their ballot.
Whom do I vote for?
Registered voters will be voting for the following offices:
- President of the United States,
- Attorney General,
- Auditor General,
- State Treasurer,
- Representative in Congress,
- Senator in the General Assembly-33rd Sen. Dist.,
- Representative in the General Assembly – 78th, 82nd, 89th & 90th Leg. Dist.,
- Delegate to the Democratic National Convention,
- Delegate to the Republican National Convention and
- Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention.
Greene and Southampton Townships will have a Liquor Referendum Question on their ballots.
Sample ballots are available on the County’s website at www.franklincountypa.gov. They may also be obtained from the Franklin County Commissioners’ Office, 340 North Second Street.
I am registered Independent. Can I vote for the President at the upcoming primary?
No, only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote for President since Pennsylvania has closed primaries. Independents will be able to vote for the Liquor Referendum question if Thet live in Greene Township and Southampton Township.
What do I Need to take with me to the Polling Place?
Those voting in an election district for the first time will need an approved form of identification, either photo or non-photo. Other voters will not be asked to present an ID.
Is My Polling Place Handicapped Accessible?
Yes. All Of Franklin County’s polling places are considered handicapped accessible.
May I receive Assistance in Voting?
No one can get assistance in voting unless his/her registration record indicates the need for assistance. The voter can complete and sign a declaration of need for assistance t the polling place prior to entering the voting booth.
A voter may select anyone to assist them EXCEPT:
- The Judge of Elections;
- The voter’s employer or agent of that employer; or
- An officer or agent of the voter’s union.
Each polling place will have a lighted magnifier with bifocal lens for use by voters who have trouble reading their ballot.
Are Candidates allowed to Pass Out/Display Campaign Literature at the Polling Place?
The election code requires individuals or candidates to be at least10 feet fro the entrance of the polling place.
Am I allowed to display or wear any type of attire with a candidate’s name on it into the polls?
Electioneering is not allowed within the polling place. This includes the display of candidate names on buttons, signs or clothing within the polling place. It also includes items advocating a political party. 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 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 about voting or the election day process?
Direct all voter registration questions to the Franklin County Voter Registration Office at (717) 261-3886. 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?
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). An assistive marking device is available for the blind or visually impaired in each polling place. It is called an ExpressVote. A demo of this machine can be viewed at this website as well.
Important Notices regarding the General Primary:
DEMOCRATIC VOTERS: Bernie Sanders name is on your ballot since he withdrew after ballots were finalized.
Where can I view election results?
Franklin County results will be located on the County’s website at www.franklincountypa.gov. The Department of State’s website, www.electionreturns.state.pa.us, will show results of other counties, as well as Pennsylvania as a whole.