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November 8th is the PA General Election!

Important Deadlines for the November 8th PA General Election

If using a mail-in ballot, mail early. Postmarks Do Not Count! 

    • October 24: Last day to register to vote in the primary election, by 5pm. 
    • November 1: Last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot, by 5pm. 
    • November 8: Election Day. Mail-in or absentee ballots must be received by 8pm. 

While this might not be a “big” election year, it’s important to have your voice reflected in all levels of government, including local offices. The best way to do that is simply to vote! The following guide provides details on the voting process (both in-person and by mail), along with links to candidate forums and ballot questions for more context. 

For detailed information about elections, voting and more, please visit the Allegheny County website and Vote.Pa.Gov or CivicCLP’s Voting and Elections for all the latest election information. 


Voting in Pennsylvania


Who Is Eligible to Vote?  

    • All US citizens ages 18 or older as of Election Day 
    • PA residents for 30 prior to Election Day 

Who/What Do We Vote For in a General Election?  

During the Pennsylvania general election, candidates from the Democratic, Republican, and other parties are on the ballot and all voters can select any candidate for any party. 

During a general election, Pennsylvanians vote for federal, state, and local officials, including:  

    • Governor 
    • Lieutenant Governor 
    • US Senator 
    • US House of Representatives 
    • State Senators 
    • State Representatives 

In odd-numbered years, Pennsylvanians also vote for county and city officials, as well as judges and magisterial district judges. Every four years, the general election is also a presidential election.


To Vote In-Person:  

Polls are open for in-person voting from 7am – 8pm on Election Day. First-time voters, including individuals who are voting for the first-time at the polling place, will be asked to show an approved form of identification (from the Allegheny County Elections Division).  

Find your polling place at pavoterservices.pa.gov. 

Don’t leave without voting. Anyone in line at 8:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Anyone may request a provisional ballot.  

Learn More about Voting In-Person 


To Vote Using a Mail-in or Absentee Ballot:  

Request a mail-in or absentee ballot at pavoterservices.pa.gov by the specified deadline. You can submit an online application, download a paper form, or request to have a form mailed to you. Your mail-in or absentee ballot will arrive to you by mail before Election Day.  

Mail-in and absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. Post marks do not count. You may NOT drop off a voted ballot at the polling place. 

Learn More about Voting by Mail-in Ballot 


Where can I find information on who/what will be on the ballot? 

    • Vote.PA.gov: The State of Pennsylvania voter site has everything you need to register, change your address or party, apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot, check your registration status or your polling place.  
    • Vote411: Enter your address to view your personalized ballot, view candidate information, and more.  
    • Local and statewide nonprofits have put together a video series of candidate forums that you can watch to become more informed on their issues and positions 

Voter Assistance 

Allegheny County Elections Office
542 Forbes Ave., Suite 609, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; 412-350-4500 

League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh
436 Seventh Avenue, Suite 350, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Email: info@lwvpgh.org, 412-261-4284 


Polling Places, Voter Rights and Poll Working 

 

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