Centre County Elections

Pre-Canvassing / Vote-by-Mail Ballot Processing Room

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 2020 General Election.

COVID-19 Protocols

  • 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.

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, November 3, 2020.

There will be two tranches of mail-in and civilian absentee ballots that will be processed. The first tranche will be ballots received by 5:00 PM on Monday, November 2, 2020.  The second tranche will be ballots that were received by 8PM on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. 

The anticipated delivery of the second batch ballots would be around 9:30PM-10:00PM. It’s anticipated that we will continue to pre-canvass ballots late into the night on Tuesday 11/3 and potentially into the early hours of Wednesday 11/4.

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 at 6:30 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. You can also access the videos below.

Stream #1: (Split screen)

Stream #2: (Wide Shot)

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 Tuesday, the Friday prior to the election, and only on good faith grounds that the applicant was not a qualified elector. (Centre County had zero challenges filed.) No other challenges to mail-in or absentee ballots are permitted.  The PA Supreme court confirms this explicitly in their unanimous decision in In re: November 3, 2020 General Election issued on October 23,2020.

How many people will participate in the processing?

The Centre County Board of Elections has confirmed over 275 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) 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. Results from the second tranche of ballots will be available before 1:00 AM on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Where can I find the results?

Results from absentee and mail-in voting and Election Day in-person voting will be available here.

Other questions?

Contact us.