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Residents in part of the Mon-Yough area who are not registered to vote, but want to participate in the upcoming special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, are encouraged to register by Feb. 12.
Jerry Tyskiewicz, director of the Department of Administrative Services for Allegheny County, said that's when voters must be registered if they want to participate in the March 13 special election.
In addition, voters who are already registered must notify the Allegheny County Division of Elections by Feb. 12 if they want to vote in the special election and they have moved or changed their name or party affiliation, Tyskiewicz said.
Voters in the 18th Congressional District are choosing between Republican Rick Saccone of Elizabeth Twp. and Democrat Conor Lamb of Mt. Lebanon. Lamb is a former federal prosecutor and Saccone is currently a state legislator.
In the Mon-Yough area, Elizabeth, Forward, North Huntingdon and South Versailles townships are part of the 18th district, along with Elizabeth, Jefferson Hills and West Elizabeth boroughs.
Murphy resigned in October 2017 after reports surfaced about an extramarital affair and his alleged abusive behavior toward employees in his office. He had represented the 18th District since 2003.
To qualify to vote, a potential voter must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Pennsylvania and 18 years of age on or before the day of the election.
Appllications can be started online at www.votespa.com. Applicants must either have a Pennsylvania driver's license or ID card, or be able to upload a digital copy of their signature.
For individuals who are unable to print the application, they may request that the Pennsylvania Department of State mail them a signature card to complete and return to the county Elections Division. All printed online applications and signature cards must be postmarked no later than the Feb. 12 deadline, Tyskiewicz said.
Individuals also may register in person between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in Room 609, County Office Building, 542 Forbes Ave., downtown Pittsburgh.
Registration-by-mail forms may be obtained at many post offices and state or municipal offices. Registration-by-mail forms must be postmarked by Feb. 12.
Allegheny County residents who have questions or would like to verify their registration status may call the Elections Division at (412) 350-4510 or visit www.alleghenycounty.us/elections, Tyskiewicz said.
Originally published February 06, 2018.