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County Sending Applications For Mail-In Ballots

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
January 31, 2023
Posted in: Politics & Elections

Applications for absentee and mail-out ballots are being sent this week to approximately 300,000 registered voters in Allegheny County, the Elections Division has announced.

A state law passed in 2019 allows voters to place themselves on a “permanent” list for an absentee or mail-in ballot, and requires the applications to be distributed before the first Monday in February.

Anyone on the permanent list should receive their application by Friday.

County officials said the so-called “permanent” ballot list has been confusing for voters. Signing up for the “permanent” list does not mean a voter automatically gets a mail-in ballot each year. Instead, they receive an application for a mail-in ballot.

Voters who wish to vote by mail in 2023 must complete and return an application each year prior to the application deadline for that election, county officials said.

Voters who wish to vote in person at their polling place do not need to do anything.

The mailing contains a letter with instructions and a hard copy of the application. Voters can choose to complete and return the paper application or can scan a QR code on the letter which will take them to an online application.

Voters who previously asked to be added to the “permanent” mailing list, but who have changed their minds, may ask to be removed from the list by using the form on the Elections Division website.

They may also check the box on the application indicating that they no longer wish to receive the notices and then mail it back to the office.

This year, voters will be electing borough and city council members, school board members, township supervisors and commissioners, and mayors in several municipalities, including McKeesport.

The primary election — where voters choose candidates for each party to campaign in the general election — is May 16. The last day to apply for an absentee or mail-in ballot for that election is May 9.

In Pennsylvania, only people registered with a political party may vote for candidates in a primary election.

For more information, visit the main elections website.

Originally published January 31, 2023.

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