The Voter Registration Office oversees the registration of qualifying Indiana County residents to vote in the primary and general elections, and maintains
registration records as required by Pennsylvania law.
A new voter
registration period began Nov. 9 and the 2017 Municipal Election cycle is underway. County, borough, township and school district offices will be elected in 2017.
The first deadline for voters is April 17, the last day to register to vote in the spring primary. Click here for a complete calendar of important deadlines and events in the 2017 Municipal Election year.
office provides forms for individuals to register to vote, either on paper in the office in the courthouse, or online for residents to download and print at their convenience. Click here for the online registration form.
Voter registration forms may be completed on paper in person at the Voter Registration Office, at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offices, or at many public or community offices as designated by the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Registration forms available at any of those locations and online may be completed elsewhere and sent by mail to the Indiana County Voter Registration office.
County residents also may register to vote online using this interactive form under a program implemented in August 2015 by the Pennsylvania Department of State.
The Indiana County Voter Registration office also provides paper and digital applications for an absentee ballot. Click here for the online application form.
Absentee voting is permitted under limited circumstances by civilians and under different circumstances for residents on military duty. The office staff can help voters to determine whether they are eligible for an absentee
The Voter Registration Office also helps to prepare for elections by providing the ballots, necessary supplies, registration and voting records, training for election day workers and supervision of the official count of votes cast.
Candidates for election to local office may obtain
nominating petitions from the Board of Elections and submit completed
nominating petitions to the board at the Indiana County Court House.
The Indiana County Board of Elections formally administers the Primary and General Elections in Indiana County.
The County Board of Elections normally consists of the three county commissioners. A county commissioner may not serve on the Board of Elections in any election in which that commissioner is a candidate for any public office, including re-election. In those cases, the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas names temporary members to serve as the Election Board.
The Pennsylvania Election Code sets forth the duties and responsibilities of the county board of elections. Click here for the online state code.
Board of Elections prepares the ballots for each election to include the local offices designated by the municipalities and school districts within the county and the state and federal offices designated by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
The elections in Indiana County also are conducted in compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002. Click here to read the act online.
The Board of Elections manages the polling place sites and coordinates the work of election officials including the judges and inspectors of elections and other workers on election days.
Under the voting system implemented in the county in 2006, voters select candidates on paper ballots which are read and recorded in optical scanning machines at the polling places. Click here to read the instructions for the voting machines.
The Indiana County Official Count Board meets on the Friday after each election. After being sworn in, the count board conducts an overall
review of the reports and paperwork from the districts, disposes of provisional ballots, reviews all ballot counts and performs a hand count of at least one randomly selected district. When the Official Count Board completes its work, the Board of Elections certifies the results, subject to state verification.