Dauphin County changes several polling places in Derry Township and one in Lower Paxton Township and Royalton Borough for June 2 primary election

HARRISBURG, PA (May 20, 2020) – Dauphin County officials are temporarily changing several more polling places for the June 2 primary election in response to COVID-19-related concerns.

The following changes were approved at the Election Board’s May 13 public meeting and made at the request of the polling location: 

Polling place changes

Derry Township’s 1st Precinct Ward                                        

Former                                                                                                 Temporary

Grace United Methodist Church                                                Hershey Primary Elementary

433 E. Main Street                                                                           450 Homestead Road

Hummelstown, PA  17036                                                             Hershey, PA  17033


Derry Township’s 3rd Precinct Ward                                       

Former                                                                                                 Temporary

First Church of Hershey                                                                 Hershey Primary Elementary

64 W. Chocolate Avenue                                                              450 Homestead Road

Hershey, PA  17033                                                                          Hershey, PA  17033


Derry Township’s 12th Precinct Ward                                     

Former                                                                                                 Temporary

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church                                                            Hershey Primary Elementary

850 Hill Church Road                                                                      450 Homestead Road

Hummelstown, PA  17036                                                             Hershey, PA  17033


Lower Paxton Township’s 14th Ward                                      

Former                                                                                                 Temporary

St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church                                   Central Dauphin Middle School

4200 Londonderry Road                                                                4600 Locust Lane

Harrisburg, PA  17109                                                                     Harrisburg, PA  17109

Royalton Borough’s 2nd Ward

Former                                                                                                 Temporary

New Royalton Borough Building                                                 Royalton Park Offices, District Court

101 Northumberland Street                                                        50 Canal Street

Middletown, PA  17057                                                                  Middletown, PA  17057 

Because these changes are temporary, voters in those areas will be notified by postcard. Additionally, signage will be posted at the former polling places and the new, temporary locations on election day.

These changes are in response to poll worker vacancies. Nearly 300, or 30 percent of the county’s poll workers who volunteered in prior elections, have declined to serve this election, citing COVID-19 as the reason. Many of the county’s poll workers are over the age of 60 or care for elderly parents or family members with health conditions. 

“We’re training additional poll workers and adjusting our primary election plans accordingly,” said Commissioner Mike Pries, who chairs the county’s Elections Board. “If you plan to vote in person on election day, we’ll have plenty of protective equipment for volunteers and plan to step up cleaning and disinfecting procedures at all polling places.”

For everyone’s safety, the county commissioners secured personal protective equipment kits available for all election day workers, including disinfectant antibacterial wipes, sanitary protective gloves, surgical masks, hand sanitizer and microfiber cloths. Hand sanitizer, isopropyl alcohol screen wipes and sanitary headset covers will be available for voters. Each polling place will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for disinfecting surfaces and the voting systems.

Although pens will be provided and regularly disinfected, as recommended by the CDC, voters are encouraged to bring their own ball point pens with black or blue ink if they are concerned about safety.

“We’re fortunate to have a great team of employees and volunteers who put in many hours before, during and after the election to make sure it runs smoothly, and that every vote is counted,” said Dauphin County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman Jeff Haste.

Voters also have the option to vote by mail.

“Mail-in ballots are a safe and secure alternative, especially for the elderly or respiratory and immune system issues,’’ said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III.

To vote by mail, visit www.DauphinCounty.org/vote for a link to download a mail-in ballot application or go to www.VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot to apply online.

The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is May 26.

June 2 at 8 p.m. is the deadline to return completed mail-in ballots. 

To learn more about polling places, apply for a mail-in ballot, or watch a video demonstration on how to use the new Clear Ballot voting system, go to www.DauphinCounty.org and then > Government > Election & Voter Registration or call 717-780-6360.