Voter Registration & Board of Elections

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MAIL-IN BALLOTS

CLICK HERE TO REQUEST THE CANCELLATION OF A PERMANENT MAIL-IN OR ABSENTEE BALLOT STATUS

To track your ballot, click HERE and enter your information. Presently, your status will be listed as pending. Check closer to the election to see when the ballot was mailed and received by the Election Office. Voters should not plan until October 5th to come in personally for a mail-in or absentee ballot. Ballots will be mailed out in late September or early October.

Voters who have requested a mail-in ballot and had the application approved will receive their ballots about 30 days prior to the November 3rd General Election.

If you recently moved or will move prior to the November election, contact the Election Office to ensure your mail-in or absentee ballot will be sent to your new address. If you are planning to move to another county, you will need to change your registration and request to maintain your permanent mail-in ballot status or have your existing mail-in application transferred.


Voting hours are 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

County Board of Elections Responsibilities


The county Board of Elections is responsible for:
  • Distributing and receiving nomination petitions and nomination papers
  • Preparing the ballot
  • Retaining polling places
  • Retaining / training / paying local election board members
  • Programming and distributing voting machines to 240 voting precincts throughout Lancaster County
  • Distributing and receiving campaign expense statements / reports
  • Opening and centrally scanning mail-in and absentee ballots
  • Certifying election results
  • Receiving and retaining Statements of Financial Interest for candidates, nominees, public officials, public employees, or solicitors (Resolution No. 28 of 2013).

Registration Commission Responsibilities

The Registration Commission is responsible for:
  • Distributing and receiving voter registration forms
  • Processing new registrations, changes of name, address and party
  • Furnishing street lists (alphabetical listing by street of all individuals registered to vote within Lancaster County)
As of January 2020, there are 327,322 registered voters and 240 precincts in Lancaster County.



About the Chief Clerk


The chief clerk of the Lancaster County Board of Elections and the Lancaster County Registration Commission is appointed by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners.