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Changing Places: New polling station on tap for some voters in Midtown Harrisburg

The Neighborhood Center on a past Election Day.

If you live in Midtown Harrisburg, you may need to change where you cast your ballot next month.

The Dauphin County Elections Bureau announced today that it has moved voting for the 12th Ward from the Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church, located at N. 3rd and Kelker streets, to the Laurel Towers Apartments a few blocks away at 1531 N. 3rd St.

For several years, the Neighborhood Center has served as the polling place for both the 11th and 12th wards, as the building sits at the boundary between the wards. However, according to the county, the bureau needed to make the move after the center changed the configuration of its voting areas.

“In November of 2017, the center, which is situated in the 11th Ward, moved both precincts out of its secured area, where each precinct had use of separate rooms for polling sites, into one meeting room just before entry into the secure portion of the building,” according to a release from Dauphin County. “Due to limited space for both election districts, the Elections Bureau must move one of the election districts to a new site.”

Most of Midtown Harrisburg is divided into wards 5, 6, 7, 11 and 12. Wards 11 and 12 encompass much of the northern parts of Midtown, separated at Kelker Street.

Ward boundaries in Harrisburg

The Elections Bureau today announced other changes to polling areas in Dauphin County. These include:

  • Londonderry Township, 2nd Precinct, moved from the Londonderry Township Building to the Londonderry Fire Co.
  • Lower Paxton Township, 4th Precinct, moved from Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church to American Legion Post 272
  • Lower Paxton Township, 25th Precinct, moved from Sports City to the Village at Lauren Ridge
  • West Hanover Township, 3rd Precinct, moved from West Hanover Elementary School to the Office of MDJ Lowell Witmer

Voters in the new districts will be receiving postcards informing them of the changes, according to the county. A complete list of polling places in Dauphin County is also available by clicking here.

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