Casting a Ballot

by Mail FAQ

Returning Your Ballot

Q: Where can I track the status of my mail-in-ballot application or ballot return status?

A: You can track the status of your application / ballot return status at the Pennsylvania Department of State here

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 8

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 day from now through Election Day.

Q: What are the Allegheny County Elections Office’s hours of operation?

A: Tuesday, November 1st: 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, November 2nd: 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday, November 3rd: 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, November 4th: 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 5th: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 6th: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Monday, November 7th: 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, November 8th (Election Day): 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

**Note: These are the hours for ballot drop off only. If you need a ballot reissued to you, you need to go to the Elections Office during regular business hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, M-F) to have that done

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: 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 Friday, 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: What if I never received, lost or damaged my requested mail-in-ballot?

A: The Allegheny County Democratic Committee is recommending three courses of action you can take if you applied but never received your mail-in-ballot, or if there was an issue with one that was sent to you.

  1. You can reach out to the Allegheny County Elections Office and have them reissue another ballot and have it sent to you. You can also email with your full name and home address where you are registered and we can reach out and inquire about your ballot on your behalf. 
  2. You can head to the Allegheny County Elections Office in person and request they reissue you another mail-in-ballot.  They’ll hand you your ballot that day and you can vote and turn it to them. 
    *If you need a ballot reissued to you, you need to go to the Elections Office during regular business hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, M-F) to have that done.
  3. You can head to your polling location on Election Day (November 8th) and let them know you applied but did not receive your mail-in-ballot. Ask to vote by “Provisional Ballot” and vote as you normally would. The “provisional ballot” will count as soon as the County confirms you did not also return your mail-in-ballot.
Q: How can I learn about the candidates?
Q: How should I vote on the ballot question?

A: The ACDC has not taken an official stance on the Allegheny County ballot question. You can learn more about what a “Yes” and “No” vote means here

Q: Can I still apply for a mail-in-ballot?

A: No, the deadline to apply for a mail-in-ballot was November 1st at 5:00 pm.

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. If you did not apply by the deadline, you will not receive a mail-in-ballot for the November 8th General Election.