Residents of Gettysburg Borough Ward 2 have once again had their polling place changed.
Last week, the county announced it would move from the Gettysburg College Union Building to Hauser Field House. Because the county cannot guarantee every voter will wear a mask, the college could not give them space.
“They are enforcing the mask issue and we cannot force a voter to wear one,” Elections Director Angie Crouse said.
The commissioners unanimously approved having Ward 2 voters travel to Ward 1 to cast their ballots. The polling place will be at the Gettysburg Fire Hall.
The county is “strongly encouraging” voters to wear masks and practice social distancing but it cannot legally enforce the recommendations, Molly Mudd, county solicitor, said.
Mail-in and absentee ballots began arriving in Adams County residents’ mailboxes last week, Crouse said. Ballots must be completed entirely in blue or black ink. For ballots to be counted, mail-in voters must seal their completed ballot inside the secrecy envelope, which is smaller and marked simply with the words “Official Election Ballot.” That envelope must be placed in the larger declaration envelope, which includes the address of the voting office and other postage indicators.
“It would be so terrible if people’s votes don’t get counted because of that,” Crouse said.
The last day to register to vote is Saturday, Oct. 19. More information can be found at www.pavoterservices.pa.gov.
Registered voters can apply for a mail-in ballot online at www.votespa.com/applymailballot. A valid Pennsylvania driver’s license with a photo I.D. from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is required. A paper mail-in ballot can also be requested from the county election office by calling 717-337-9832, or contact the Department of State to request an application by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1-877-VOTESPA.
The application for mail-in ballots must be received by the county election office by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27. Completed ballots must be received by the county election office by 8 p.m. Nov. 3.