About the Department
The Bradford County election office is responsible for the administration of the election laws which includes voter registration and two elections per year. This office is responsible for all new voter registrations in the county and any changes to current registrations such as addresses, name or party affiliation, and the canceling of voter’s records with regards to those who have moved or are deceased.
During Municipal Election years the office distributes nomination petitions and upon completion by candidates, accepts them for ballot placement. For Presidential and gubernatorial Election years the Commonwealth is responsible for accepting nomination petitions.
Since 2004, Bradford County has implemented and used the PA SURE (Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors) In all election years the duties include: preparing the ballots, accept petitions for ballot placement, receive candidate’s campaign expense reports, process absentee ballot applications and voted ballots, train poll workers and additional election staff, organize all the supplies and equipment that must be delivered to the 61 polling places for election day and oversee and train 305 poll workers. After the election the votes must be canvassed and certified and sent to the PA Department of State. In 2006 Bradford County changed from voting on paper ballots to using electronic touch screen voting system. The units were implemented as part to the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to enable voters with disabilities to have access to vote without assistance. The new voting units can have features such as audio for the visually impaired and can be adjusted for wheel chairs and other handicap accessories as needed.
Director of Elections
Renee Smithkors was appointed as Director of Elections in April of 2011. Prior to being appointed, she served as Assistant Director for a period of four years
Renee graduated from Sullivan County High School, Laporte, PA and Newport Business Institute, Williamsport, PA.
Renee resides in Dushore with her husband Justin and their two children.