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Municipal Election Voters Guide

Polls open 7 a.m.. to 8 p.m. Nov. 3

This Voters Guide may be taken into the voting booth.

For election information: Contact your county Board of Elections. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Information Center also provides election information. Call toll free: 800-692-7281

About this guide: The material in this Guide was compiled by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund. This material may not be altered or reprinted without the permission of the League.

Each candidate’s reply has been printed as submitted, except to use standard abbreviations and by editing from the bottom when a candidate’s reply exceeded the word limit. The candidates listed are those whose names appear on the ballot as of Sept. 14. They are listed according to their ballot order. Additional information about judicial candidates and voter information including “Polling Place Lookup” can be found by going to www.vote411.org and typing in your address and ZIP code.

Purpose and policy of the League: The purpose of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League is nonpartisan: it neither supports nor opposes any political parties or candidates. Nothing in this guide should be construed as an endorsement of any candidate by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund.

Absentee voting: Registered voters who are ill, disabled, or will be absent from the municipality on Election Day may vote by absentee ballot. Completed applications for civilian absentee ballots must be received by the county Board of Elections by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Completed civilian absentee ballots must be received back at the Board of Elections by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. If an emergency arises (unexpected illness or business trip) after the Tuesday application deadline, call the county Board of Elections for information on emergency absentee voting. Proof of emergency may be required.

An emergency application and ballot can be obtained and voted by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

Any disabled voter having questions regarding the accessibility of a polling place should consult the county Board of Elections.

Write-in voting: Information for write-in voting will be available at the polling place.

Election-day problems: If your right to vote is challenged at the polls on Election Day and the problem cannot be resolved at the polling place, the judge of elections at the polling place should telephone the county Board of Elections.

The problem could be resolved by phone if your name appears on the county records. If it does not and you want to try to resolve the problem, then you can go in person to the county Board of Elections where a judge from the Court of Common Pleas will be on duty to resolve election problems.

Alternatively, you can ask for and vote by provisional ballot. If it is later determined that you were eligible to vote, your ballot will be counted. You will be given instructions on how to determine if your vote was counted.

ID requirements for new voters: If you are a new voter or if you are voting at a polling place for the first time then you must bring your voter ID card or a photo ID such as a driver’s license, student ID or some other form of federal or state government issued ID. Some forms of non-photo ID are also acceptable such as a firearm permit, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check. If you do not have any acceptable ID then you must be allowed to vote by provisional ballot.

Online voters guide: The Voters Guide and other useful information for voters can be found on the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania homepage: www.palwv.org. For local information, visit the League of Women Voters of Centre County Facebook page.

Judicial elections occur in odd-numbered years. Justices and judges may serve an unlimited number of terms until they reach the mandatory retirement age of 70. At the end of a term, a judge can be retained (or not) by the voters. Vacancies that exist before an election may be filed by gubernatorial appointment until an election is held.

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