The staff at the Adams County Elections Office is working hard to keep up with the expected 50,000 ballots that will be cast in the November 3 election, many of which will be mail-in.
The office is continuing to send mail-in ballots to voters who have requested one. Many residents have reported receiving theirs, but some are still waiting.
Adams County Commissioner Marty Qually said there are three full–time and five part-time employees at the elections office, and that one or two staff members from other departments are pitching in.
Qually said the elections office began to mail the ballots as soon as they were received from the state.
“The first batch of 9,000 mail-in ballots sent out were for those voters who requested permanent mail-in status when they applied. Now we are processing everyone else,” said Qually.
Qually said the elections staff will be working over the holiday weekend to continue processing ballots. “I’ve been helping for about two hours a day for the past week. On Monday, which is a holiday, about six of us are coming in,” said Qually.
The elections office has temporarily changed the polling place for residents of Gettysburg’s Ward 2 from Gettysburg College to the Gettysburg Fire Department at 35 N. Stratton Street.
Election director Angie Crouse said the change was due to “circumstances at the college,” namely that the college now requires all visitors to wear a face mask.
“We cannot force a voter to use a mask,” said Crouse. “Wearing a mask is requested, but not enforced.”
Crouse said the change was for this election only.
The ballot drop-off box at the Adams County Courthouse at 111 Baltimore St. in Gettysburg has been busy. The box is available between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You do not have to go through security to drop off your ballot.
- Last day to register to vote: October 19
- Last day to request a mail-in ballot: October 27.
- Ballots mailed to voters: September and October.
- 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.