Patricia A. O'Malley
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Established 1993

2019 Allegheny County Primary Voting Information
The campaigns hide this information from the voters.
May 1, 2019


For more than 30 years, I’ve volunteered for election campaigns, calling thousands of voters. 
The campaigns and the parties hide this information from you.  Please share it widely.

Voters 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 here it is.

If you’re working for a candidate’s campaign, feel free to print this article, make as many copies as you like, and share it with your co-workers.
I have a one-page summary available; if you want it, message me at the link below and I’ll email it to you.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019


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.  May 22 is too late. 

Registration forms must be postmarked by, or IN THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE,

no later than 5:00 PM, April 22, 2019.

Homeless people can vote.  They need an address.  They do not need a residence.
They can use a shelter, community organization, friend, relative, or any other address with permission.
They vote in the district where their address is located.

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 and verify your 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.

If you can’t get to your polling place on Election Day, you can request a civilian Absentee Ballot.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 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, May 17, 2019.

There are special rules for military and overseas ballots.  You can find that information at, beginning on page 12.

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

  • Judges
  • Local officials – many mayors, city councils, and school boards

You can view sample ballots for your voting district at

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

  • 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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Patricia A. O'Malley

Social Policy & Programs Consulting

Training and Services for agencies working toward social and economic justice