Fitzgerald & League of Women Voters Launch Voter Education Initiative

Effort Highlighting Polling Place Locator and Sample Ballot Features of County Website

PITTSBURGH – County Executive Rich Fitzgerald was joined today by representatives of the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh in launching a voter education initiative utilizing a County website feature that allows voters to verify their polling place and view a sample ballot in advance of the April 24th primary.

“There was a great deal of confusion around the reapportionment process this year that resulted in new Congressional districts, but the old state House and Senate districts are still in place,” said Fitzgerald.  “The Elections Division website poll locator helps to clear any confusion up by letting voters look at exactly which candidates they will be have an opportunity to vote for in the primary.”

Voters can visit the Elections Division website and select “Polling Place Locator” from the menu on the left hand side of the page.  After entering a home address, the voter’s polling place will be displayed and he or she can choose to view either the Republican or Democrat sample ballots for that location.  For the special election in the 22nd State House district, non-partisan voter ballots also appear on the screen, where applicable. Finally, the page allows for verification of voter registration at that site.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh (LWVGP) has been a vocal proponent of voters educating themselves about the candidates and the issues before each election and has partnered with the county and others to highlight the feature on the county’s website.

“This is an important education effort,” said Arlene Levy, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh.  “We want to assist all citizens in getting the essential information that they need to have time to learn about the candidates whom they choose to elect to office.  Your vote is your voice.”

LWVGP has partnered with public, university and high school libraries throughout the county to publicize this election information.  In addition to reminders being posted on the library websites, librarians have been trained to assist patrons in accessing the elections website and bookmarks advertising the website have also been distributed to libraries.  The bookmarks also include detail on election dates and contact information for the League and the Allegheny County Elections Division.

The date of the Primary Election is Tuesday, April 24th.  Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and remain open until 8:00 p.m.  Individuals needing to apply for an absentee ballot must do so by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17th.  Completed absentee ballots must be submitted to the Division of Elections by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20th in order to be counted.

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