Services for Candidates
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.
Indiana County Elections
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.
The 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.
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, 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.