Election Information

This page provides information on voter registration, mail-in and absentee ballots, important election dates, and voter services for Centre and Clinton Counties.

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REGISTER TO VOTE

April 13, 2020 is the last day to register to vote in the April 28, 2020 Primary Election.

An online application makes it easier than ever to register, too. You can also register in person, by mail and at various government agencies. Click here to learn more.

You are not required to register again unless you change your residence, name, or political party affiliation. Check your voter registration status here.


ABSENTEE & MAIL-IN BALLOTS

Absentee Ballots are for registered voters who are unable to vote in person at the polling place because they will be out of the municipality for work, or because of an illness or disability.

Mail-in Ballots are for registered voters who are not eligible to apply for an absentee ballot, but who wish to vote by mail instead of in person at the polling place. No excuse or reason is required.

HOW TO APPLY

A voter may apply for an absentee ballot or mail-in ballot in the following ways:

  • Apply online at votespa.com/ApplyAbsentee
  • Print a PDF application from the Clinton County Voter Registration Website
    and mail the completed form to your County Elections Office (details below).
  • Apply in person at your County Elections Office.
  • Contact your County Elections Office to request that an application be mailed to you.

IMPORTANT DATES

March 9, 2020, is the FIRST DAY to apply for an absentee ballot or mail-in ballot.

April 21, 2020, is the LAST DAY to apply for an absentee ballot or mail-in ballot. Applications must be received by the Voter Registration Office before 5:00 pm in order to be processed. Faxed or emailed applications cannot be accepted.

April 28, 2020, is the LAST DAY to return a voted absentee ballot or mail-in ballot. Voted ballots must be received by the Voter Registration Office before 8:00 pm in order for the ballot to be counted.

When submitting an application or voted ballot, Postmarks do not count. Allow 3 days for local delivery of mail-in applications/ballots and 4-5 days for longer distances.

Voters who experience an emergency after 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, may be eligible to apply for an emergency absentee ballot. Contact the Voter Registration Office.

Active-duty military and their dependents and civilians residing overseas apply for absentee ballots using different forms and deadlines (see Election Dates & Voter Services below for more information). A voter who applies for an absentee ballot or mail-in ballot is not eligible to vote at a polling place on Election Day, except by provisional ballot.

Did you know new election laws enacted in 2019 expanded people’s ability to vote via absentee and mail-in ballot? Learn more here!


ELECTION DATES

  • April 13 — Last day to REGISTER before the primary
  • April 21 — Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot
  • April 28 — Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots
  • April 28 — Primary Election
  • April 29 — First day to REGISTER after primary
  • May 5 — Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 P.M. on April 27)
  • August 3 — Last day to circulate and file nomination papers
  • August 10 — Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated by nomination papers
  • August 10 — Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated at the primary
  • October 19 — Last day to REGISTER before the November election
  • October 27 — Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot
  • November 3 — Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots (must be received by 8:00 P.M.)
  • November 3 — General Election
  • November 4 — First day to REGISTER after November election
  • November 10 — Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 P.M. on November 2)

VOTER SERVICES

Do you have questions about the election, absentee ballots, mail-in ballots, registration, or where to vote? Contact your County Elections Office.

CENTRE COUNTY

Website: www.centrecountypa.gov

Phone: (814) 355-6703

Email: Elections@centrecountypa.gov

Address: 420 Holmes St., Bellefonte, PA 16823

Hours: Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CLINTON COUNTY

Website: www.clintoncountypa.com

Phone: (570) 893-4019

Email: mboileau@clintoncountypa.com

Address: 2 Piper Way, Suite 309, Lock Haven, PA 17745

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday – 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.