As election day for the 2020 presidential elections approaches, the Adams County Board of Elections is preparing to handle the large volume of ballots that will be cast.
Director of Elections & Voter Registration Angie Crouse is expecting her office will count over 50,000 ballots on election day, many of which will be mail-ins.
“We are hoping the legislators will allow us to start opening (but not counting) ballots prior to election day,” said Crouse. “In the primary election in May we did not finish counting until 1:00 p.m. the next day.”
“We are only three people now, but we’re working on hiring more for keying in, opening, ballots, and extra help,” said Crouse. “We’ll get through it. We’re a very determined office.”
“All I want to do is to have a clean election. Let us vote and be done,” said Crouse.
Crouse reminded voters of the following dates for the upcoming election and answered some of the most common questions her office is asked:
- Last day to register to vote: October 19
- Last day to request a mail-in ballot: October 27, but legislators may be changing that date to be earlier.
- Ballots mailed to voters: September or October. More people are still trying to get on the ballot which is delaying the final approval of the ballots.
- Election day: November 3
- Mail-in ballots must be RECEIVED at the courthouse by November 3 at 8:00 p.m.. Crouse suggests you fill in your ballot and return it as soon as you receive it in the mail. Crouse said average mail times in the county are five days or longer.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Register to Vote?
Complete the Voter Registration Mail In Application. Mail in the form by October 19 or drop it off at the County Courthouse.
How Do I Request a Mail-in Ballot?
Download and complete the form which is available on the county website. Mail in the form by October 27 or drop it off at the County Courthouse.
How do I know if I will receive a ballot in the mail?
You can track your mail-in ballot here.
Residents who have selected annual status will receive a ballot in the mail, probably by the end of September or early October.
If you included an email application when you applied for your permanent status you will receive an email from the state telling you that your ballot will be coming.
How Do I Fill out My Ballot?
It is important that you follow the directions on the green sheet that comes with your ballot. “You really need to do the security,” said Crouse.
BE SURE TO SIGN THE DECLARATION ON THE BACK OF THE ENVELOPE. Your vote cannot be processed if you don’t sign the declaration.
Can I drop off my Ballot?
Yes. There will be a drop box in the Adams County Courthouse at 111 Baltimore St, in Gettysburg. The box will be available between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You do not have to go through security to drop off your ballot.
Can I Vote in Person if I Have Already Mailed in my Ballot?
No, the registrars at your polling place will know you have already returned your ballot and will not let you vote.
Can I Cancel my Mail-In Ballot and Vote in Person Instead?
Yes. There are two ways to do this:
- Find the cancellation from which is available on the county website. Send it in to the voters’ office or drop it off at the courthouse.
- Or on election day, take your ballot with you to the polls where you can return it and vote in person.