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Ways to Vote in the 2021 Election

Updated October 14, 2021

From TribLive: Voters still are encouraged to cast ballots by mail in the upcoming election, but there won’t be drop boxes available in satellite locations across Allegheny County like there were during last year’s presidential race.

To cast your mail-in or absentee ballot, you will need mail your completed ballot to the Elections Division. Don’t forget to put a stamp on it! While the envelope is larger, a regular, first-class stamp is all you should need.

You need to request a mail-in ballot by Tuesday, October 26th at 5:00 PM. The ballot request must be received by that date and time. Any voter may apply for a mail-in ballot. There is no reason needed. More information on applying can be found here. Once you receive your ballot, make sure to follow the instructions carefully.

After you make your choices:

  • Place your ballot into the envelope that says “Official Election Ballot” and seal it.
  • Place that into the mailing envelope and seal it.
  • Fill out the information on the back of the envelope. Don’t forget to sign it.

Find more information on mail-in and absentee ballots at

NOTE: Your ballot must be received by the Elections Division Office by Tuesday, November 2nd at 8:00 PM. Postmarks will not be enough. 

To vote in person on Tuesday, November 2nd, you’ll need to go to your local polling place.  Not sure where to go? Click here to find your polling place.

If you aren’t sure if you’re registered to vote, you can check your status in a few steps by clicking here or you can contact the Allegheny County Elections Office at 412-350-4500 or

You can register to vote online or through the mail. Mail in registrations must be RECEIVED by Monday, October 18th at 5:00 PM.

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