Patricia A. O'Malley

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2018 Allegheny County Voting Information
The campaigns are hiding this information from the voters.
August 6, 2018


For more than 35 years, I’ve volunteered for election campaigns, calling thousands of voters.  They often ask questions about registration and voting details.  When volunteers can’t give this information to voters because they don’t have it, we know we’re losing votes.  A few elections ago, I wrote this guide.  The campaigns refuse to use it.  They tell me it's not the "right font", or the "right card stock".  So, since the campaigns and the parties hide this information from you, here it is.  Please share it widely.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Requirements to vote in Pennsylvania

  • Be a U.S. citizen for at least one month before the election.
  • Be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district for at least 30 days before the election.
  • Be at least 18 years old no later than Election Day.  November 7 is too late. 

Registration forms must be postmarked by, or IN THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE, no later than

5:00 PM, Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Get voter registration forms at many government offices, state liquor stores, community organizations, and the

Allegheny County Elections Division          
604 County Office Building, 542 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15219
Phone: 412-350-4500            Fax: 412-350-5697

You can register online and verify your voter registration status online at


  • Open continuously 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM – they do not close for breaks.
  • If you are in line by 8:00 PM, you will be permitted to vote. 
  • If it’s past 8:00 PM, STAY IN LINE UNTIL YOU VOTE.

To find your polling place,

  • go to
  • Call Allegheny County Elections Division at 412-350-4500
  • Or ask your neighbors

Lyft is offering free and reduced-price rides to the polls on Election Day.

If you can’t get to your polling place on Election Day, you can request an Absentee Ballot.

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 is the last day to request an Absentee Ballot.
  • All Absentee Ballots must be returned to the Allegheny County Election Division no later than
    5:00 PM on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Request Absentee Ballots from
Allegheny County Elections Division          
604 County Office Building, 542 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15219
Phone: 412-350-4500            Fax: 412-350-5697


  • You have the right to vote. 
  • As long as you’re registered, no one can prevent you from voting. 
  • No one can threaten or harass you, or force you to vote for anyone.
  • You can not be fired or evicted for voting.
  • If you are a convicted felon, you can register to vote again after you are released from prison, even if you are still on probation or parole.

If you need help voting because you are blind, disabled, or unable to read or write, you can get help from the person of your choice, other than from your employer or union, or someone that the employer or union chooses. 
Polling place workers cannot help you to vote.


  • If the poll workers won’t let you vote, ask them for a provisional ballot. 
  • If you still can’t vote, call the PA Dept. of State at 877-VOTES-PA (877-868-3772)
  • Or call Election Protection, a nonpartisan organization, at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

In this election, we are voting for

  • PA Governor
  • PA Lieutenant Governor
  • All U.S. House of Representatives Members – that’s YOUR Congressperson
  • One-third of U.S. Senate Members, including the seat currently held by PA Sen. Robert Casey
  • PA State Senators
  • PA State Legislators
  • State and County political party committee members

You must show ID ONLY IF this is the first time you will vote at this polling place.
Remember, the ID must be valid and not expired.

Approved forms of photo ID

  • PA driver's license or ID card issued by PennDOT
  • ID issued by any other Commonwealth agency
  • ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

Approved forms of non-photo ID
The ID must include the name and address of the voter.

  • Voter's identification card issued by the voter registration commission
  • Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
  • Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Current paycheck or Government check

​​People died to protect your right to vote. 

Please remember them as you cast your ballot.

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