Administrative Services

How and Where to Apply for an Alternative Ballot

Qualifications for Alternative Ballot Voters

Public Law 98-435 provides that elderly and disabled voters who are assigned to an inaccessible polling place be provided with an alternative means of casting their ballot on the day of the Primary or Election. In order to qualify for an Alternative Ballot pursuant to P.L.98-435, you must be a registered voter and:

  • You must be 65 years of age (or older) or have a temporary or permanent physical disability which prohibits you from entering a polling place with architectural barriers and;
  • Your polling place has been designated as "inaccessible"

In order to determine whether or not your polling place is "inaccessible", please contact the Elections Division at (412) 350-4520.

How to Apply for an Alternative Ballot

Applications for Alternative Ballots are available at the Allegheny County Elections Division, Room 601 of the County Office Building, located at the corner of Forbes Avenue and Ross Street, downtown Pittsburgh, Pa., 15219 or for more information you may call (412) 350-4520. Regular business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You may also obtain an application from the Microsoft Internet Explorer Pennsylvania Department of State's Web site. There you may download, print, complete, sign and send the form to:

Attn: Absentee Voting Section
Division of Elections
Allegheny County
542 Forbes Ave., Room 601
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2953

You may also apply for an alternative ballot by means of a signed written request submitted to the Elections Division, containing the following information: name of voter; residence address; date of birth; reason for voting by alternative ballot (including the exact nature of your disability, if applicable); address to which the alternative ballot is to be sent; and the signature of the voter.

Upon receipt and approval of the completed Alternative Ballot application, the Elections Division will then mail the Alternative Ballot as soon as it has been printed.

Deadline to Apply for an Alternative Ballot

Completed Alternative Ballot applications must be received in the office of the Elections Division no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the Primary or Election.

It is strongly suggested that you secure, complete and return your Alternative Ballot applications as soon as possible. This will provide sufficient mailing time for us to receive and process your application, mail your ballot, and allow you to vote and return your ballot by the deadline.

Deadline for Return of Your Voted Alternative Ballot

All voted Absentee Ballots must be received in the office of the Elections Division no later than 8:00 p.m. on the day of the Primary or Election in order to be counted. You may mail your voted alternative ballot in the supplied pre-addressed envelope. If you choose to wait until the day of election to vote your alternative ballot, it must be returned to the Allegheny County Parking Garage, 552 Fourth Avenue, corner of Ross Street and Fourth Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh. The parking garage is located directly adjacent to the Allegheny County Morgue Building. Simply hand the voted ballot to one of the attendants on duty.

Important Instructions for
Returning your Voted Alternative Ballot

All voted Alternative Ballots must be sent by mail or express or overnight mail (which includes DHL, FedEx and UPS, for example) or delivered IN PERSON by the alternative ballot voter. Voted alternative ballots returned by any other means will not be accepted or counted by the Elections Division. Disabled voters may designate another person to assist in obtaining and delivering their alternative ballot.  More information and the necessary form(s) or application(s) for this voting option may be obtained on the Microsoft Internet Explorer Pennsylvania Department of State's Web site.