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 January 10, 2017 - Dauphin County Voter Registration and Elections Bureau to hold open house in northern Dauphin

HARRISBURG, PA (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 requesting information.”

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 County. 

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 for more information.


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