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Clinton County ‘ready to go’ as May 18 Primary Election nears

LOCK HAVEN —“We’re ready to go,” Clinton County Director of Voter Registration Marie Boileau said of the upcoming May 18 Primary Election as she updated the Clinton County commissioners during their work session on Monday morning.

Boileau said everything’s in order and the county has found the necessary number of people to staff the polls on election day.

On May 18, voters who are registered as Republican or Democrat will choose their parties’ nominees for seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court, Commonwealth Court, county Common Pleas Courts, and Philadelphia Municipal Court.

Also on the party ballots will be a wide variety of county, school board, and local seats such as mayor, city or borough council member, township commissioner or supervisor, and precinct election officials.

All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, will be eligible to vote on four ballot questions. Three of the questions are proposed constitutional amendments, and the fourth question is a referendum on making municipal fire departments or companies with paid personnel and emergency medical services companies eligible for an existing state loan program.

Pennsylvania voters can choose to vote by mail ballot or to vote in person at their polling place on Election Day. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 18.

The Clinton County Board of Election reminds voters that they can vote early in-person by mail ballot until May 11, the deadline to apply for a mail ballot, Boileau said.

Voters have until 5 p.m. on May 11 to apply for a mail ballot through their county election board. Voted mail ballots must be received by county election boards by 8 p.m. on May 18, Election Day.

Voting early in person by mail ballot is one of the new options under the bipartisan Act 77. It’s simple, secure, easy and convenient.

Voters in Clinton County can visit the county election office at the Clinton County Piper Building and apply for a mail or absentee ballot. County election officials will check their eligibility while they wait and, once verified, will provide them with the ballot. Voters can then complete their ballot and cast it all in one visit.

Voters can use this option until 5 p.m. on May 11, the deadline to apply for a mail ballot for the May 18 primary election.

Whether voting at home or in person at the county office, voters should make sure they enclose their mail ballot first in the inner secrecy envelope and seal it, insert the inner envelope into the outer envelope and sign and date the outer envelope. Voters must complete these steps in order for their ballots to be counted.

Sample ballots are posted on the county’s website at www.clintoncountypa.com.

For more information on voting and elections, visit www.votesPA.com or call the Clinton County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 570-893-4019.

The Clinton County Voter Registration and Elections Office is located at 2 Piper Way in Lock Haven. The hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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