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Voter registration deadline approaches

September 22, 1998

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Voter Registration Office will be open this Saturday and Saturday, Oct. 3, as the deadline to register for the November general election approaches.

The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days to accommodate those who are unable to come to the courthouse during regular business hours to register, file a change of address or change party affiliation.

According to a news release, the deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 5. All mail-in registration forms must be postmarked no later than that date.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, voters will be choosing between Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Ridge and State Rep. Ivan Itkin, the Democratic nominee. Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker is running for re-election against Democratic nominee and former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky of suburban Philadelphia.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter is running for a fourth term against Democrat Bill Lloyd, a state representative from Somerset County.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster is unopposed, having won both the Republican and Democratic nominations in the May 19 primary. The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is running for his 14th term.

Franklin County has three state representatives running for re-election, but Pat Fleagle and Allan Egolf, both R-Franklin, are running without opposition.

State Rep. Jeffrey Coy, D-Franklin, is running for a ninth term. He is facing a challenge from Republican nominee and Franklin County Commissioner Robert Thomas.

The latest figures from the Voter Registration Office show a total of 66,568 registered voters in the county. Of those, 38,415 are Republicans, 21,555 are Democrats and 6,377 are independents.

There are 144 voters registered as Libertarians, 67 Constitutional Party members and 10 Reform Party members.

Absentee ballot applications are also available at the office for those who will be absent from their municipality or who have an illness or physical disability. The deadline to pick up an absentee ballot application is Tuesday, Oct. 27.

For information about obtaining an absentee ballot application, call 1-717-261-3886 or 1-717-261-3887.

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