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Voting in Pennsylvania

Voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID are urged to get one for later use since the Pa. Voter ID law may be reinstated at a later date.  Details are below.
Go here to register to vote.  

To register to vote in Pennsylvania you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States for at least one month before the next election,
  • Be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district for at least 30 days before the next election, and
  • Be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next election.

Re-register after changing name, address or party affiliation  

More information about registering to vote in Allegheny County 

Check registration status
Search for voter registration status (Active or Inactive), party affiliation, and the address of your polling place. You also can confirm your registration by contacting the Allegheny County Division of Elections or by calling 1-877-VOTESPA.


Provisional Ballots

Individuals are to be provided the opportunity to cast a provisional ballot if: 

  • The individual appears to vote and claims to be properly registered and eligible to vote in the election district, but the individual's name does not appear on the general register and elections officials cannot determine his registration.
  • Regardless of whether the individual's name appears on the general register, the individual does not have an approved form of identification the first time he appears to vote in an election district.
  • An election official asserts that the individual is not eligible to vote. (In a Primary Election this includes voters who claim to be registered for a particular political party, but the general register indicates they are registered as a member of another political party.)
 

Individuals are required to vote by provisional ballot if: 

  • The voter is voting as a result of a Federal or State court order.
  • A voter is voting as a result of an order extending the time established for closing the polls by State law that is in effect ten (10) days before an election.

Within seven (7) days after the election, the county board of elections will examine the provisional ballot to determine the validity of your completed provisional ballot. A district election official will provide you with information for you to determine the status of your completed provisional ballot.

For more information you may call 412-350-4520. Regular business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 


Absentee Ballots

Apply for an Absentee Ballot
You may request a civilian absentee ballot from the Allegheny County Division of Elections if you are not going to be able to get to your polling location on Election Day.

You must supply your PA Driver’s License number or PennDOT issued Pennsylvania photo identification card (PennDOT photo ID) number in the blocks provided. See below if you do not have a Pa. Driver's License or PennDOT photo ID. 

  • If you do not have a driver’s license number or PennDOT photoID number you must supply the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.
  • If you do not have either of these types of identification (please check the box entitled, I DO NOT have a PA Driver’s License, PennDOT ID # or SS#), you must enclose a photocopy of an acceptable ID. Please see the VotesPA ID page, call 1-877-VotesPA (1-877-868-3772) or contact your county board of elections regarding acceptable ID’s.

Casting your Absentee Ballot

All voted Absentee Ballots must be sent by U.S. mail or express or overnight mail (which includes DHL, FedEx and UPS, for example) or delivered IN PERSON by the absentee ballot voter to:

Absentee Voting Section
Division of Elections
Allegheny County Office Building
542 Forbes Ave., Room 601
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2953

Voted absentee ballots returned by any other means will not be accepted or counted by the Elections Division.

Disabled voters may designate another person to assist in obtaining and delivering their absentee ballot. More information and the necessary form(s) or application(s) for this voting option may be obtained on the Pennsylvania Department of State's Web site.


The Pa. Voter ID Law was suspended for the November 6, 2012 election.

Voters are urged to obtain a valid photo ID nonetheless since the law may be restored in the future.

Review ID requirements for voting  
Voters may someday be required to show an acceptable photo ID on Election Day. All photo IDs must contain an expiration date that is current, unless noted otherwise.

Obtaining a voter ID 
If you do not have a valid ID and require one for voting purposes, you may be entitled to get one free of charge at a PennDot Driver License Center.  

Voter ID Resources 
Resources for voters who are in the military, have a disability, are homeless or are elderly. Also includes information for care facilities, institutes of higher learning and local government employees.