Applying For a Mail In Ballot

Casting a Ballot by Mail
Q: How do I request a ballot by mail?

A: You can request a ballot online from the Pennsylvania Department of State here –

Q: What is the deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot?

A: The application must be received no later than 5:00 pm on 10/31/2023

Q: I voted by mail before, will I automatically get another ballot by mail?

A: No, you must fill out the ballot request application every year.

Q: How do I know if my application to vote by mail has been received?

A: You can track the status of your application at the Pennsylvania Department of State here –

Casting Your Ballot

Q: What is the deadline to return my mail-in ballot?

A: Your completed ballot must be received by 8pm on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7.

Q: Can I vote early in person?

A: You may submit your completed mail-in ballot over-the-counter at the County Office Building (542 Forbes Ave, Downtown Pittsburgh.) Over-the-counter voting hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm at the concession stand in the lobby. Up until the mail-in ballot application deadline on October 31st, you can also apply, get your ballot and vote over the counter ‘that’ day if you have not already applied for one.

Q: Can I drop off my completed mail-in-ballot at my polling location on Election Day?

A: No, you can only mail your mail-in-ballot in or drop it off in person at the Allegheny County Elections Office.

Q: Does Allegheny County have mail-in-ballot drop boxes?

A: No, Allegheny County does not currently have drop boxes for mail-in-ballots.

Q: Where can I drop off my mail-in-ballot in person?

A: You may submit your completed mail-in-ballot in person at the Allegheny County Elections Office (542 Forbes Ave, STE 601, Pittsburgh, PA 15219) any weekday from now through Election Day.

Q: What if it is too late to mail my ballot back and have it be received on time?

A: You may either bring it in person to the Allegheny County Elections Office or you may bring the entire ballot package to your polling place to have it “spoiled” and vote in person.

The Allegheny County Democratic Committee is recommending that after Saturday, November 4th that mail-in-ballots be returned in person at the Elections Office or that voters go to their polls, have their mail-in-ballot “spoiled”, and vote in person.

Q: How can I contact the Allegheny County Elections Office?

A: You can fill out a contact form here ( or call the office at (412) 350-4500

Q: How do I fill out my ballot?

A: After you complete your ballot, seal it into the secrecy envelope that has the words “official elections ballot” on it. Place this sealed secrecy envelope into the larger pre-addressed declaration envelope. Seal the envelope and sign and date the declaration on the back. Don’t forget the stamp! You can view detailed instructions here –

Q: How should I vote on judicial retention questions?

A: The ACDC is recommending that voters vote YES to retain Judges Panella, Bush, Cozza, O’Toole, Satler & Ward and NO on Judges Stabile & Rangos

Q: How can I learn about the candidates?

A: You can learn more about our Democratic candidates here