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Allegheny County officials recommend absentee voters apply early

Michael DiVittorio
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Allegheny County Elections Division officials recommend that people who vote via absentee ballots apply early.

Voters who will be absent from their municipality on Nov. 6, or those who cannot reach the polls because of illness or physical disability, must apply for an absentee ballot by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

They are encouraged to submit their applications in person, which will allow them to receive an absentee ballot that can be completed and returned while in the office.

Completed absentee ballots must be received by the Elections Division no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 2.

The office is at 542 Forbes Ave. in Room 601 of the County Office Building in downtown Pittsburgh. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The downloadable request form , in several languages, can be found at the Pennsylvania Department of State’s website, VotesPA.com .

Applicants will be expected to provide basic voter registration information and to specify the reason for applying to vote absentee.

Required information includes a Pennsylvania driver’s license number, PennDOT ID number or the last four digits of the applicant’s Social Security number.

If none of these is available, a photocopy of an acceptable photo ID must be included. A list of approved, alternative types of identification is available on the Absentee Ballot page of VotesPA.com .

Call the county’s Elections Division at 412-350-4520 or the VotesPA toll-free number 877-868-3772 for more information.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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