GENERAL ELECTION DATE IS NOVEMBER 3, 2020
Telephone Town Hall on Voting & Elections
COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY
November 3, 2020
How to Make Sure Your Vote Counts
If you have received your mail-in ballot but not yet returned it, please read this:
The U.S. Postal Service has said that mail-in ballots mailed later than a week before the election may not arrive on time. So, if you want to make certain your vote is counted and received by Election Day, you can do one of two things (details below):
- Hand-deliver your completed mail-in ballot to your county election office
- Vote in-person on election day
Whichever choice you make – please be certain to be safe: wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
Hand-Delivering Your Completed Mail-In Ballot
Please be sure to place your ballot in the secrecy envelope, and place the secrecy envelope in the outer envelope. You must complete the back of the outer envelope – including the current date, your signature, and address.
Allegheny County voters can drop off their completed ballot in the lobby of the County Office Building downtown (542 Forbes Ave) from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM daily through November 2. On Election Day – November 3, 2020 – the lobby will open at 7:00 AM for ballot return and close at 8 PM. More information available here.
37th District voters in Peters Township, Washington County can drop off their completed ballots at the County Elections Office, located at 100 West Beau Street in Washington, PA. Their hours are to 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. More information available here.
Voting In-Person (After Having Received a Mail-In Ballot)
If you received a mail-in ballot, but have since changed your mind and decided you would like to vote in-person on election day, you can do that by taking your mail-in ballot, along with both the secrecy and declaration envelopes, to your polling location. Poll workers will be able to cancel your mail-in ballot for you, and then you will be allowed to vote in-person.
Did You Return a “Naked Ballot?”
Did you already return your mail-in ballot, but are now worried you forgot your secrecy envelope and returned a “naked ballot” that will be disqualified? You can take action to make sure your vote counts by going to your regular polling location on Election Day and requesting a provisional ballot. Every voter has that right.
How to Vote By Mail
Apply for a mail-in ballot online at votespa.com or by a paper mail-in ballot application.
Once you receive your ballot, mark your ballot following the directions.
Place your ballot in the secrecy envelope and then put the secrecy envelope into the official envelope. Be sure to sign the declaration, or your ballot will not count.
Return your ballot immediately so it arrives at the county election office on time.
Election Day Reminders
Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm
If you requested a mail-in ballot, you can still vote in-person on election day if you present your ballot & both envelopes to a poll worker.
If you are in line before the polls close, you are allowed to cast your vote
Request a provisional ballot if your name is not on your polling location's roster
Contact your county election officials if you experience issues at the polls
Important Dates to Remember
Last Day to register before the General Election
Last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot
Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots
How to Get Involved: