Allegheny County board votes to consolidate polling places, as pandemic death counts are revised downward

The coronavirus crisis is likely to have a dramatic impact on the way the June 2 primary election is conducted in Allegheny County.

The Allegheny County Board of Elections on Thursday, April 23, approved a resolution to consolidate most of the county’s polling places, subject to approval by the Pennsylvania Department of State.

The county’s 1,300-plus precincts are now located in hundreds of polling places.

According to the resolution approved by the board, June 2 primary election voting would be largely limited to each municipality’s municipal building and, in Pittsburgh, to sites in each of city council’s nine districts.

Voters will be notified by mail of the changes, election officials said.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has kept Pennsylvanians under a stay-at-home order to control the spread of the disease and pushed the primary election back to June, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has been pushing for residents to vote by mail.

“The intent is to try and limit the number of people voting in person,” Fitzgerald said Thursday.


A resident walks near a polling place in East Liberty on May 21, 2019. Voting is poised to change dramatically in the wake of the coronavirus. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)


State Reports 71 New COVID-19 Deaths; Allegheny County Reports 2


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