Record number of voters in Centre County

Election, flood relief on commissioners’ agenda

BELLEFONTE — The election and the recent flooding were pressing topics at the Tuesday meeting of the Centre County Board of Commissioners.

As of the final voter registration report, the county has 123,204 registered voters, according to Commissioner Steve Dershem. That is a record for the county, confirmed Joyce McKinley, director of elections and voter registration.

Registrations by party are: 51,098 Democratic, 47,600 Republican, 17,540 non-affiliated, 808 Libertarian, 267 Green, and 5,891 minor party.

Next Tuesday, polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Commissioner Mike Pipe added that as long as a voter is in line at the polling place by 8 p.m., he or she still has the right to vote and should remain in line until reaching the voting booth.

The ballot will be a two-sided ballot, and voters are encouraged to vote on both sides. Voters who are voting at their designated precinct for the first time are also required to bring one form of identification, which includes driver’s license, photo ID issued by PennDOT, U.S. passport, government check, student/employee ID, or voter ID card issued by the county voter registration office.

Tuesday was the last day to apply for absentee ballots, and those ballots have until 5 p.m. this Friday to be delivered to the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte. If someone wants to change his or her absentee ballot, the only way to do so is by showing up at the designated polling place on election day, McKinley said.

If a voter encounters an emergency or cannot make it to the designated polling location but makes it to another polling location in the county, the county will honor that, Dershem said.

Anyone who has any questions about where they vote, how they vote, or what to bring on election day may visit www. centrecountyvotes.com.

FLOODING HELP

Tomorrow from 2 to 7 p.m., a community outreach event will be held to offer help to those affected by the recent flooding. The event will be held at Freedom Life Church, 113 Sunset Acres, off 220 in Milesburg.

Households that were impacted by the flooding Oct. 21 in Milesburg and Howard are encouraged to send someone to the event, according to Natalie Corman, county deputy administrator of human services. They should be able to learn more about community programs and assistance that can help. On hand at the event will be state and county agencies, churches, and nonprofit organizations which will be able to answer questions, assess households’ needs, and connect households with services and support.

There will also be veterans assistance on hand, and veterans affected by the flooding are asked to bring their discharge papers to receive assistance.

The local community has been very generous with its willingness to donate, Corman said, and this event will help the county assess the exact types of needs those affected by flooding have.

The event will be a good opportunity for households that have not yet reported flood damages, added Faith Ryan, director of Centre County Office of Adult Services.

One recent generous donation in the community was from nonprofit organization Helping Other People Excel, also known as HOPE. Ryan said HOPE has spent more than $10,000 so far to help, which has assisted 22 families.

Those with questions are encouraged to call the Centre County Office of Adult Services at 814-355-6768.

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