Tomorrow is the first day to circulate and file nomination petitions for the 2019 elections.

Petitions can be picked up at the Lebanon County Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The office is located in Room 209 of the Lebanon Municipal Building.

Although some campaigns announced already, candidates must wait until the circulation period opens to ask for signatures on an official petition. (Independent and third party candidates have to wait until March 13.)

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The Lebanon County Democrats will host a petition signing night Tuesday evening at the Lebanon Democratic Office at 23 S. 6th Street from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Lebanon County Democratic Committee chair Dan Sidelnick said that the petition signing event is designed designed primarily for Lebanon City Democrats who need signatures, but anyone can attend.

Signatures must be by voters registered within a given district for the given party a candidate is seeking to represent. E.g. a Democrat seeking to run for Lebanon City Council must get signatures from other registered Democrats who also live in Lebanon. It is highly recommended that candidates obtain more signatures than required, to ensure that the minimum number of signatures is met even if some are deemed ineligible.

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The deadline for petitions to be submitted is March 12. Ballot positions will be chosen March 20.

Each party may nominate the following for countywide races:

  • Two County Commissioners (4 year term)
  • One Controller (4 year term)
  • One Coroner (4 year term)
  • One Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts (4 year term)
  • One Recorder of Deeds (4 year term)
  • One Treasurer (4 year term)

For the County Commissioners, three seats are up for election, but because there will always be at least one commissioner representing the minority party, only two nominees are needed.

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In the City of Lebanon, each party may nominate up to three City Council members (4 year term).

Five School Directors at Large may be nominated for each area school district (4 year term), with an additional School Director at Large in Annville-Cleona, Cornwall Lebanon, Northern Lebanon, and Palmyra (2 year term).

Additional races include borough councils and mayorships, township commissioners, tax collectors, auditors, and a magisterial district judgeship. (Watch for a full breakdown and voter guide coming from LebTown this spring.)

With questions, get in touch with Michael Anderson, director and chief clerk of the Lebanon County Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration. You can reach him at manderson@lebcnty.org or by phone at 717-228-4428.

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Primaries will be held May 21. To vote in the primary, you must register by April 22. Register here.