Midterm Election 2018

Tuesday, November 6 is the Midterm Election. Here are some tips on voting next week.

  • As long as you are registered to vote, you are allowed to vote in this election.
    • The deadline to register or update your registration was October 9. The deadline to submit an absentee ballot was October 30.
  • Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.
  • You can find your polling place on Allegheny County’s website.
  • An ID is not required to vote unless you are voting for the first time at your polling place. You may show a photo ID or a non-photo ID if it has your full name and current address on it. Acceptable forms of photo ID include driver’s license, passport, U.S. Armed Forces ID, and student ID. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID include a current utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck. You can see the entire list of acceptable IDs at Allegheny County’s website.
  • Check the election results on Allegheny County’s website or Pennsylvania’s website.

Before You Vote

When You Vote

  • Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM. If you are in line at 8 PM, you are still allowed to vote.
  • An ID is not required to vote unless you are voting for the first time at your polling place. You may show a photo ID or a non-photo ID if it has your full name and current address on it. Acceptable forms of photo ID include driver’s license, passport, U.S. Armed Forces ID, and student ID. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID include a current utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck. You can see the entire list of acceptable IDs at Allegheny County’s website.
  • If your voter registration is challenged, you are allowed to cast a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are counted once your registration is confirmed.
  • You may request voting assistance from election officials, friends, family, or another voter of your choice. Voting assistance includes aid for disabilities, illiteracy, and non-native English speakers. Your employer, union representative, or the Judge of Elections cannot provide voting assistance.
  • If 50% or more of the voting machines at your polling place are broken or you are disabled and unable to cast your ballot, you may request an Emergency Paper Ballot.
  • If you are disabled or above the age of 65 and are unable to vote, you may request an Emergency Alternative Ballot.
  • If you believe that your ability to vote was impeded by intimidation, bias, or lack of appropriate aid, you may file a complaint by calling the Pennsylvania Department of State at 877-VOTES-PA (877-868-3772) or by completing an online form. You can also contact the national organization Vote411.org by calling 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

After You Vote

If you have any other questions about the election, contact one of our librarians or the Allegheny County Elections office at 412-350-4500.

Thank you for doing your civic duty!

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