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Dauphin County releases upcoming election information, polling place changes

Mail-in/absentee ballots that Dauphin County is sending out to voters

As election day rolls around, Dauphin County has provided voting deadlines and updates to Harrisburg polling places.

The county announced at a public meeting on Wednesday that three polling places would be relocated, including two in Harrisburg and one in Lower Paxton Township.

“Our elections team will make sure all impacted voters know where to vote,” county Commissioner Chad Saylor said in a statement. “We would not be moving poll place locations unless we absolutely had to.”

The following polling places will change:

  • Harrisburg’s 9th ward, 1st precinct polling place will move to Summit Terrace Neighborhood Association, 1228 Bailey St. The current polling location, Mount Pleasant Fire House, is not ADA compliant and is just outside the district.
  • Harrisburg’s 9th ward, 2nd precinct polling place will move to St. Francis Soup Kitchen, 1459 Zarker St. The current location, Hamilton Health Center, recently underwent improvements to their building to better serve their clients. The soup kitchen is next to the health center.
  • Lower Paxton Township’s 3rd precinct polling place will move to Devonshire Church, 5630 Devonshire Rd., Harrisburg. The former location, Paxtonia Fire Company recently sold its social hall, where voting took place. Devonshire Church is in the district, and has ample parking and voting facilities.

According to the county, voters in these districts will be mailed new voter ID cards alerting them to the change, and postcard reminders will be mailed closer to election day.

In other election news, Dauphin County shared that nearly 20,000 mail-in/absentee ballots are being sent out and are expected to arrive in residents’ mailboxes this week.

The county will place ballot drop boxes outside its building at 2 S. 2nd St., Harrisburg and inside the Northern Dauphin Human Services Center in Elizabethville on Sept. 26.

“Dauphin County continues to lead the way in our preparations for Election Day,” county Commission Chair Mike Pries said. “There are so many changes and mandates to adapt to, and our elections staff and volunteers never fail to keep up.”

Voters who haven’t applied for a mail-in ballot can process an over-the-counter ballot starting Sept. 26 at the Dauphin County Registration and Elections office at 1251 S. 28th St., Harrisburg. The last day to request a mail-in ballot is Nov. 1.

The elections office will extend its hours, starting Oct. 17, to Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On election day, Nov. 8, voters can return mail-in ballots until 8 p.m. at the two drop box locations and the county elections office. Voters may only return their own ballots, according to state election law.

For those voting in person, polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 24.

“We run efficient, direct, and fair elections – and every vote is counted,” Commissioner George Hartwick said.

For more information about voting in Dauphin County, visit their website, or call 717-780-6360.


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