(January 10, 2017) - The Dauphin County Board of Elections today announced that
office hours will be held at the Northern Dauphin Human Services Center (NDHSC)
by the Bureau of Voter Registration and Elections to better serve those
residents from the northern end of the county seeking to be candidates in the 2017
municipal election cycle. Hours will be
held on Friday, Feb. 10 and March 3, from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., and on
Saturday, Feb. 11 and March 4, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the NDHSC, 295
State Dr., Elizabethville.
“Once someone decides to answer the call of public service, they
may have a lot of questions about how and when to file petitions and other
materials,” said Mike Pries, Dauphin County Commissioner and chair of the Board
of Elections. “The county’s Bureau of Registration and Elections is here to
help and answer those questions.”
Pries, who began his public service as a Derry Township
supervisor, noted that staff from the bureau will be on hand to distribute
petitions and other related materials required for candidates to file,
including instructions for petition circulation and campaign finance.
Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste, who has served in
various roles in state and county government, said that for those unfamiliar
with running for office, especially for the first time, may have difficulty
finding the starting point.
“The petition circulation period is a fairly narrow window,
beginning on Feb. 14 and closing on March 7,” Haste said. “If a candidate’s petitions
are not processed properly, it could lead to frustration. Sometimes it is
better to be able to ask those questions face to face rather than to send an e-mail
Dauphin County Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III, who was
the youngest person ever to be elected as mayor of Steelton Borough at the age
of 24, noted that the Bureau of Registration and Elections will have a voting
machine on hand for those who will become first-time voters in 2017.
“Each year, new voters are added to the rolls in Dauphin
County as people move here, turn 18 years of age or make the decision to
register to vote and lend their voices to the electoral process,” Hartwick
said. “So that those new crop of voters
have a chance to see a voting machine before going to the polls, the bureau
will have a sample of a machine on hand, as well as voter registration forms
and absentee ballot applications.”
In 2017, Dauphin County voters will nominate and elect
candidates for the statewide appeals courts; three seats on the Dauphin County
Court of Common Pleas; a county Coroner and county Prothonotary; several
magisterial district judges; various municipal offices for the City of
Harrisburg, boroughs and townships; school board directors; and Judges and
Inspectors of Election for the 162 election districts throughout Dauphin
The municipal primary will be held on Tuesday, May 16; and
the municipal election will be Tuesday, Nov. 7.
To contact the Dauphin County Bureau of Voter Registration and
Elections, call 717-780-6360 or visit www.DauphinCounty.org
for more information.