Centre County Elections

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.

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, 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.

Other questions?

Contact us.