Election Q&A for Nov. 7
Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 7:
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 and click on “Find Voter Registration Status,” or call the Franklin County Voter Registration Office at 717-261-3886. Another new service is 2Vote, a voter registration text messaging service. Simply text “PA” to “2Vote” (28683) on a smartphone to receive a link that provides direct access to find your voter registration status.
Where do I go to vote?
There are 75 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.
Who 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 Treasurer, several Magisterial District Judges, School Directors, Auditors, Tax Collectors, Township Supervisors, Mayors, Councilpersons, Judges of Election and Inspectors of Election. There is also one Constitutional Amendment question and three Judges Retention questions that have a Yes/No voting option. A sample ballot is available on the county’s website at www.franklincountypa.gov or may be obtained from the Franklin County Commissioners’ Office, 14 N. Main St., Chambersburg, beginning on Thursday, Nov. 2.
(Note: If voting straight party, a voter will still need to turn the ballot over and vote yes or no for the referendum and retention questions.)
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.
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.