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Ballot drop box deployed in Harrisburg, mail-in ballots sent out

The ballot drop box is located outside the Dauphin County Administrative Building in downtown Harrisburg.

Ballots have been mailed and a drop box has been deployed for the upcoming municipal election, according to Dauphin County.

County elections staff recently mailed out 17,200 requested mail-in and absentee ballots, which started arriving at homes over the weekend, the county stated today.

And, last Monday, a 24-hour, secure ballot drop box was affixed near the front entrance of the county building at 2 S. 2nd St. in Harrisburg.

“Our elections office staff have been planning for the election, so we can ensure voters they will have convenience and a fair election process,” said county commission Chair Mike Pries, in a statement.

Other ballot return options in the county include the county elections office at 1251 S. 28th St. in Swatara Township and the Northern Dauphin County Human Services Center in Elizabethville.

Starting Oct. 11, the elections office will extend its hours until 6 p.m. weekdays for ballot return and until 8 p.m. on Election Day, which is Nov. 2. The Northern Dauphin County Human Services Center is open for ballot return from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays, and until 8 p.m. on Nov. 2.

For those voting in person, the county also had made several polling place changes to ensure ADA compliance.

  • Derry Township, 3rd Precinct, now at Hershey Volunteer Fire Dept., 21 W. Caracas Ave.
  • Lower Paxton Township, 24th Precinct, now at Linglestown Middle School, 1200 N. Mountain Rd.
  • Swatara Township, 6th Precinct, now at Rutherford Elementary School, 6500 Clearfield St.

Other dates to keep in mind are:

  • Last day to register to vote: Oct. 18
  • Last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot: Oct. 26
  • Deadline for returning ballots: Nov. 2 by 8 p.m.

For more information about voting in Dauphin County, visit and click the “2021 Municipal Election Information” tab or call 717-780-6360.

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