Centre County Elections

Pre-Canvassing / Vote-by-Mail Ballot Processing Room

The Centre County Board of Elections has designated at the Penn Stater Conference Center as the Vote-by-Mail Processing Room for the pre-canvassing of absentee and mail-in ballots.

When will the pre-canvassing begin?

The Centre County Board of Elections will begin the processing/pre-canvassing of absentee and mail-in ballots at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

Will there be a livestream video of the pre-canvassing room?

Yes. The Centre County Board of Commissioners has sponsored the C-NET livestreaming via YouTube of the Vote-by-Mail Processing Room. Beginning on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 AM, three C-NET cameras will livestream from the room. There will be two videos: one with a split screen of the room and one with a wide shot of the room. The livestreaming will continue until all ballots are cast.

Stream #1:

Stream #2:

Are watchers allowed at the pre-canvassing?

Yes. Each political party and candidate can have one person in the pre-canvassing room to observe the processing. Authorized representatives/watchers must produce an embossed poll watchers certificate to gain access to the room. Watcher must wear a face covering while attending the pre-canvassing. For more information regarding poll watchers and authorized representatives refer to the Pennsylvania Department of State’s updated guidance released on October 28. 2020.

Can ballots be challenged during the pre-canvass?

No. As stated in the Pennsylvania Department of States’ Guidance Concerning Poll Watchers and Authorized Representatives, there are no challenges permitted during the pre-canvass or canvass of mail-in and absentee ballots, by authorized representatives or anyone else.  The only permissible challenges to absentee and mail-in voting must have been filed prior to 5:00 pm, the Friday prior to the election, and only on good faith grounds that the applicant was not a qualified elector. No other challenges to mail-in or absentee ballots are permitted.

How many people will participate in the processing?

The Centre County Board of Elections has recruited over 100 registered voters to work in the Vote-by-Mail Ballot Processing Room.

What equipment will be used to process the ballots?

The Centre County Board of Elections has procured the following:

  • Twelve (12) Martin Yale 400 Joggers
  • One (1) Opex Omation 306S
  • Two (2) Opex Model 72 Ballot Extractor
  • Two (2) ES&S DS450s

When will the results be available?

Results from the first tranche of ballots will be available immediately after polls close at 8:00 PM. Full results from the additional tranches are anticipated to be available by 8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.

Where can I find the results?

Results from absentee and mail-in voting and Election Day in-person voting will be available here.

How can I help with the counting of ballots?

The 2023 Municipal Primary will soon be upon us, and we are reaching out to you because of your interest/past participation in working the Vote By Mail (VBM) canvassing room. Centre County will once again be holding VBM ballot canvassing at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. We will be upstairs in two, large conference rooms. Please find the map attached for your convenience .

Below is a link to a sign-up page that outlines the various VBM room positions (work tasks), time slots, as well as a brief explanation of each task and level of training required. Some tasks require minimal instruction on how to perform the work, while a couple positions are more technical in nature and will involve a little more training. If you have worked in the VBM room before, the process will remain very similar for this Election.

Please note that with the passing of Act 88 all ballots must be pre-canvassed until all ballots received by 8 pm Tuesday are counted. Depending on how many VBM ballots are received and our efficiency in processing them the time for each job may be shortened or lengthened.  

Information on training and additional details about the VBM Room processing will be forthcoming as we move closer to the election. In the meantime, please click the link below to sign up for any timeslots/positions that you are interested in working this election.

On behalf of Centre County Elections and the Board of Commissioners, thank you in advance for your interest in helping Centre County hold a successful Election and Vote-By-Mail canvassing process.

Click the following link to view the sign-up page:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AEAD2BA6FFCE9-vbm2022

Other questions?

Contact us.