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County: 26K Ballots Returned in Person So Far

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
October 21, 2020
Posted in: Politics & Elections

Allegheny County elections officials are reminding voters who plan to use an absentee or “vote-by-mail” ballot that they must put their ballot into a secrecy envelope and sign the voter’s declaration before mailing or depositing it. Sample envelopes are shown. (Allegheny County photos)


Over the past two weekends, nearly 27,000 absentee ballots have been returned in-person at temporary Allegheny County elections offices, a county spokeswoman said.

Last weekend, 12,675 ballots were returned at five locations, including CCAC South Campus in West Mifflin, where 1,950 ballots were returned during the two-day period, said Amie Downs, county spokeswoman.

During the weekend of Oct. 10 and 11, approximately 13,950 ballots were returned to five temporary elections offices, Downs said.

Although Pennsylvania does not allow early in-person voting, absentee or “vote-by-mail” ballots may be returned by voters, in-person, to a county election office.

Allegheny County is opening temporary, satellite elections offices at locations throughout the Pittsburgh area to accommodate voters who do not want to wait in lines on Nov. 3 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to CCAC South, temporary election offices were opened last weekend at Boyce Park Ski Lodge, a Shop ’n Save in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and the South Park ice-skating rink.

The temporary elections office at CCAC South will be open again this weekend (Oct. 24 and 25) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

State law requires that voters return their own ballot, Downs said. Voters may not return the ballots of others. Masks or face coverings are required in the offices and physical distancing will be followed.

Other locations this weekend will include Boyce Park Ski Lodge, CCAC Allegheny Campus on Pittsburgh’s North Side and the North Park ice-skating rink, Downs said.

In addition, the county’s main elections office will have extended hours until Nov. 3.

Allegheny County voters may deliver absentee or vote-by-mail ballots to elections officers in the lobby of the County Office Building, 542 Forbes Ave., downtown Pittsburgh:

• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through this Friday (Oct. 23)
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24
• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 25
• 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 26–Nov. 2
• 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 3

Voters who have made errors on their ballots, or lost their envelopes, may get replacements at the offices, Downs said. However, if a voter has made a mistake on their ballot, they must bring their original ballot with them before they can be issued a replacement, she said.

All 1,323 polling places in Allegheny County will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Downs said.

All voters who vote in-person Nov. 3 will be asked to wear a mask or face covering, and those voters without a mask will be offered one, she said.

Allegheny County elections officials are reminding voters who plan to use an absentee or “vote-by-mail” ballot that they must put their ballot into a secrecy envelope and sign the voter’s declaration before mailing or depositing it. Sample envelopes are shown. (Allegheny County photos)

Originally published October 21, 2020.

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