YORK – The ballots have been printed for the general election, the names of the candidates for all the races are obviously listed.

But what if someone wants to be a write-in candidate?

Is there still time? And if so, what is the process?

York County Clerk Kelly Turner says yes, there is still time to file an affidavit to be a write-in candidate.

“The person has to come to our office and fill out an affidavit,” she explained. “That has to be done before the end of the work day on Oct. 26.

“That person’s name will not appear on the ballot, but they can still go out and campaign as a write-in candidate if they choose,” Turner said.

The purpose of filling out the affidavit is to alert election staff to a specific name to look for and count among the write-in votes for a certain race.

With the filing of the affidavit, the write-in candidate has the potential of winning a seat if he or she garners more votes than the candidates on the ballot.

“But they have to file the affidavit with the clerk’s office in order for that to be a possibility,” Turner reiterated.

The county clerk’s office is located on the main floor of the York County Courthouse. Staff members there will assist with the process.

Oct. 26 is also the last day to register to vote if someone wants to participate in the General Election. Voter registrations will stop at the end of that work day – as a black-out period will begin. That also means that people who might want to sign the recall petition regarding the city’s mayoral position have to be registered by that time also, in order to do so.

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