- Mask are required for all elections workers and watchers while at the Penn Stater.
- Face shields will be provided to all workers as an optional protection measure.
- Social distancing will be practiced.
- Hand sanitizing stations and desk pumps will be located throughout Presidents Hall.
- Each working station has a three-sided sneeze guard.
- Each working station will be disinfected after each use.
Pre-Canvassing / Vote-by-Mail Ballot Processing Room Primary 2021
The Centre County Board of Elections has designated Presidents Hall at the Penn Stater Conference Center as the Vote-by-Mail Processing Room for the pre-canvassing of absentee and mail-in ballots for the 2021 Primary Election.
When will the pre-canvassing begin?
The Centre County Board of Elections will begin the processing/pre-canvassing of absentee and mail-in ballots at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
Will there be a livestream video of the pre-canvassing room?
Yes. The Centre County Board of Commissioners has sponsored the C-NET livestreaming via YouTube of the Vote-by-Mail Processing Room. Beginning on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 AM, three C-NET cameras will livestream from the room. There will be two videos: one with a split screen of the room and one with a wide shot of the room. The livestreaming will end at 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 18. It will begin again at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 19 and conclude at 7:00PM.
Are watchers allowed at the pre-canvassing?
Yes. Each political party and candidate can have one person in the pre-canvassing room to observe the processing. Authorized representatives/watchers must produce an embossed poll watchers certificate to gain access to the room. Watcher must wear a face covering while attending the pre-canvassing. For more information regarding poll watchers and authorized representatives refer to the Pennsylvania Department of State’s updated guidance released on October 28. 2020.
Can ballots be challenged during the pre-canvass?
No. As stated in the Pennsylvania Department of States’ Guidance Concerning Poll Watchers and Authorized Representatives, there are no challenges permitted during the pre-canvass or canvass of mail-in and absentee ballots, by authorized representatives or anyone else. The only permissible challenges to absentee and mail-in voting must have been filed prior to 5:00 pm, the Friday prior to the election, and only on good faith grounds that the applicant was not a qualified elector. No other challenges to mail-in or absentee ballots are permitted.
How many people will participate in the processing?
The Centre County Board of Elections has recruited over 100 registered voters to work in the Vote-by-Mail Ballot Processing Room.
What equipment will be used to process the ballots?
The Centre County Board of Elections has procured the following:
- Twelve (12) Martin Yale 400 Joggers
- One (1) Opex Omation 306S
- Two (2) Opex Model 72 Ballot Extractor
- Two (2) ES&S DS450s
When will the results be available?
Results from the first tranche of ballots will be available immediately after polls close at 8:00 PM. Full results from the additional tranches are expected are anticipated to be available by 8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
Where can I find the results?
Results from absentee and mail-in voting and Election Day in-person voting will be available here.