How do I vote with a mail-in ballot?

Because of COVID-19, many people are deciding to complete mail-in ballots instead of in-person polling. You can request a mail-in ballot at or by calling 1-877-votespa.

Once you’ve received your mail-in ballot, open it up, and check out the materials. Inside, you’ll find:

1. Your ballot
2. An envelope in which to place your ballot, also known as the secrecy envelope
3. A larger mailing envelope in which to place the smaller/secrecy envelope that should hold your ballot. On the outside of the larger envelope, fill out your return address and then sign and date it in the spaces provided.

Does your mail-in ballot envelope include each of those items? Great! If not, contact your county election office. Allegheny County can be reached by visiting or calling 412-350-4500.

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You can mail your ballot or drop it off at the Allegheny County elections office on the sixth floor of the County Office Building (Room 601) at 542 Forbes Ave. (downtown). You can also drop it off at several county-wide satellite early-voting locations, like the South Park Ice Rink and CCAC Homewood, on Oct. 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25. These satellite offices will also provide the opportunity to apply for, complete and turn in mail-in ballots at the same time.

To be counted, your completed mail-in ballot must be postmarked by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3, and received by your county election office by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6.

All county polling places will be open on November 3 should you decide to vote in person. For the first time, you will need an ID or a bill in your name. If you have already requested a mail-in ballot and now want to vote in person, bring your mail-in ballot with you to your polling place.

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