Allegheny County approves over-the-counter voting offices; 68 new cases reported Friday

by PublicSource Reporters

The Allegheny County Board of Elections on Thursday unanimously approved a proposal to open additional over-the-counter voting offices on weekends leading up to the Nov. 3 election, in an effort to address concerns driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each office will provide voters the opportunity to vote or return ballots to a fully-staffed, secure office.

The planned board offices and hours are:

  • Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m: County Office Building, Downtown; the North Park and South Park ice rinks; the #2 Department of Public Works garage in Carnegie; and the Community College of Allegheny County [CCAC] Homewood location.
  • Oct. 17 and 18, same times: County Office Building, South Park rink, CCAC South, Boyce Park Ski Lodge, Shop ‘n Save in the Hill District.
  • Oct. 24 and 25, same times: County Office Building, Boyce Park Ski Lodge, CCAC South, CCAC Allegheny, North Park rink.

The Elections Division manager also reported that the county has enough residents who have either previously served or have volunteered to serve as a poll worker to fully staff the county’s 1,323 polls. Approximately 3,500 of those workers have been assigned to locations and training began last week. Those who serve on Nov. 3 will also receive a pay increase of $200 in light of the pandemic.

The Allegheny County Health Department [ACHD] reported 68 new COVID-19 infections Friday and 4 new COVID-related fatalities. The newly reported cases bring the total count since March 14 to 11,578  infections.

The case tally released Friday came from 833 tests conducted from Sept. 3-16. The new infections were among patients aged 1 to 98, with the median age being 33. Nearly three-quarters of the cases were in people younger than 50.

To date, the county has had 370 deaths and 1,105 people hospitalized because of the virus.


Allegheny County approves over-the-counter voting offices; 68 new cases reported Friday

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