Tuesday May 17th is primary election day in Pennsylvania. From mail-in ballot details (be sure to drop yours off) to ballot questions, here are a few things to know for Election Day!
It is a little confusing, in the general election (held in November), you are able to vote for both Democratic and Republican candidates. In Pennsylvania, for the primary elections, you can only vote for the candidates that are on the ballot for the party that matches the party on your voter registration.
For example, if you are registered as an independent, you will not be able to vote for any of the mayoral candidates because the candidates are only on the democratic ballot. You can change your party of registration before elections, but it must be done before the voter registration deadline.
From the VotesPA.org website:
In Pennsylvania, you can only vote for the candidates in the same political party you have named in your voter registration. For example, if you registered to vote as a member of the Republican Party then you can vote in the Republican primary, but not the Democratic primary.
All voters can vote on constitutional amendments, ballot questions, and any special election contests held at the same time as a primary election.
Voters will be selecting the party nominees for the following offices:
Are you planning to vote in person?
All of the polling locations in Allegheny County will be open for voting on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
📍 You can find your polling place by clicking here and entering you address.
If you’ve voted at your current polling place before, you don’t need to show any identification. If it’s your first time voting at your current polling place, you will need to show some type of identification such as a driver’s license, passport or student ID. The identification you show does not need to have a photo.
Are you planning to vote by mail?
Scroll down for the details.
In 2020, Allegheny County started using new voting machines where you will need to fill out a paper ballot and insert it into the voting machine.
To vote by mail, you had to apply for a mail-in ballot (or apply for an absentee ballot). The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot or absentee ballot was May 10, 2022, at 5 p.m.
If you have not applied for a mail-in ballot: You are not able to vote by mail, you will need to go to your polling location on May 17 to vote.
If you have applied for a mail-in ballot: You must complete your ballot and make sure it is returned to the Allegheny County Department of Elections by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17.
⚠️ NOTE: Ballots MUST be at the Allegheny County Department of Elections. A ballot that is mailed but has not reached the Department of Elections before 8 p.m. on May 17 will not be counted.
More information about mail-in ballots and absentee ballots is available on the VotesPA website.
If you have not returned your mail-in ballot, you can drop off your ballot at the Allegheny County Department of Elections in downtown Pittsburgh.
County Administration Building ‐ Lobby
542 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Voting in Pittsburgh is conducted through the Allegheny County Department of Elections.
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After the polls close at 8 p.m., the Allegheny County Department of Elections posts the election results as they are reported back to the county on its website here.
Some of the research for this story is from Matt Petras’s 2020 election story.
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