Fitzgerald to Visit Polling Places Throughout County on Election Day

Elections Division Provides Reminders for Voters

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that he will visit a number of polling places throughout the County tomorrow to ensure that the elections process is functioning smoothly.  The Executive’s visits are in addition to the team of employees who will visit all 1,319 polling places throughout the day to troubleshoot and identify and resolve any potential issues.  The polls open at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, and remain open until 8:00 p.m.

“Obviously, because this is a presidential election year and there are so many contested races, we expect that voter turnout will be high and that there will be longer lines than on other election days,” said County Executive Fitzgerald. “While we can estimate how many voters to expect and prepare for that, we also want to closely monitor all of our polling places to ensure that the process is as smooth as can be for voters.”

County Executive Fitzgerald expects to begin his day by casting his vote at his polling place of the last 23 years, Linden School, at 7:00 a.m. before beginning to visit other polling places.

In advance of Election Day, the Elections Division provided the following reminders for voters:

  • Because it is a presidential election, higher turnout and longer lines are expected at some locations.  The best time to cast your ballot is during the work day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Verify your polling place in advance by visiting the County’s polling place locator.  You can also verify your registration and view a sample ballot.
  • If questions arise regarding a voter’s eligibility, provisional ballots will be available at all polling locations. All provisional ballots will then be examined by county election officials to determine if the individual voting that ballot was entitled to vote at the election district in the election.
  • In you have an emergency and did not apply for an absentee ballot, you can receive an Emergency Absentee Ballot if you complete and file with the Court of Common Pleas in the county where you are registered to vote.  If you are not able to appear in court, you can designate, in writing, a representative to deliver the absentee ballot to you and return your completed ballot to the Board of Elections.  The ballot must be received no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. More information, including the Emergency Ballot Application, can be found at  votesPA.
  • By order of the Court, individuals who have already applied for and received their absentee ballot, have until 8:00 p.m. tomorrow, November 6, to return the voted ballot to the Board of Elections.
  • Everyone voting in person on November 6 will be asked, but will not be required to show approved photo identification in order to cast their ballot.
  • Those voting in person for the first time on November 6 will be required to show approved forms of either photo or non-photo identification.  This is a requirement of the federal Help America Vote Act passed in 2004.  Approved forms of ID include PA driver’s license, PennDOT ID card, ID issued by any Commonwealth agency, ID issued by the US Government, US passport, US Armed Forces ID, student ID, employee ID, non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth, non-photo ID issued by the US Government, firearm permit, current utility bill, current bank statement, current paycheck, or government check.

County Executive Fitzgerald emphasized the differences as well:  “There has been a lot of misinformation in the public about Voter ID requirements and voting. While voters may be asked to show a photo ID when they arrive at their polling location, it is by no means required in order to vote, unless you are a first time voter.  Voting is an essential right to our democracy and all residents that would like to participate in this election will have an opportunity to do so.”

Additional information on voting and elections is posted on the Elections Division website.  Once the polls have closed, election results will also be posted and updated as additional results are received.  For any problems, questions, or concerns on Election Day, please contact the Elections Division directly at 412-350-4500.

Although the majority of County offices will be open tomorrow, November 6, the Department of Court Records, the Court of Common Pleas, the District Attorney and the Treasurer will be closed.

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