Absentee ballot deadline Friday; military ballots until Nov. 12
SUNBURY - Completed civilian absentee ballots for the Nov. 5 general election must be received by the Northumberland County Elections Office no later than 5 p.m. Friday.
Military ballots may be received up until Nov. 12. They must be postmarked no later than election day.
The date of the mailing has no bearing on acceptance of civilian absentee ballots. They must be mailed in time so they are received by the elections office Friday or before.
Tuesday was the final day for a registered voter to request an absentee ballot.
Alisha Herb, director of the elections office, said that as of Tuesday morning, 408 absentee ballots were mailed out, and, of these, about 275 had been returned so far. She was still receiving phone inquiries as late as Tuesday about the procedure for obtaining absentee ballot applications.
The vast majority of the absentee ballot requests - about 80 percent - were from voters in the 107th Legislative District (the Shamokin-Mount Carmel area), Herb said.
The level of requests for absentee ballots for this election has been about average, Herb said, neither unusually high nor low.
Absentee ballots are opened and counted by local voting places after the polls close election night. Herb noted, however, that these absentee ballot figures are not included in the unofficial vote count released by the elections office after preliminary tabulations later that night. All absentee ballots are counted again by the county office during the official count, and only then are these figures added to the overall vote totals.