Tuesday is the last day to circulate and file nomination petitions for the 2019 primary elections.

The Lebanon County Republican Committee will host its Annual Petition Signing and Notarization Party on Sunday evening from 6-7pm in a meeting room at the Lebanon GOP Headquarters, located at 21 S. 9th Street in Lebanon. Pizza and refreshments will be available.

The Lebanon County Democratic Committee held their own petition signing & notary event earlier today.

Independent and third party candidates are able to circulate their own nomination papers beginning Wednesday, and have until August 1 to file them.

Forms 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.

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.

Ballot positions for the primary 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.

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.

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


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