Over-the-counter voting entails a voter going to the County Elections Office in Downtown Pittsburgh, applying in person for a mail-in or absentee ballot, and voting on the spot. Learn more about the process below.
Over-the-counter voting gives voters the opportunity to apply to vote by mail, receive your ballot, and submit your ballot all in one place at the same time.
Steps to Over-the-Counter Voting
1. Complete a mail-in ballot application or bring a completed application with you to the County Elections Office at the address listed below. To verify his or her identity, the voter must provide either their driver’s license number, or the last four digits of their social security number.
2. The application is given to a county staff person who will process the application to ensure that the voter hasn’t already applied and that he or she is qualified to vote.
3. Once approved, county staff will print the correct ballot and give the ballot, an instruction sheet, an inner (or security) envelope, and an outer (or declaration) envelope to the voter.
4. The voter will take the ballot to an area to vote in secret. Once done voting, the voter will fold the ballot, place it in the secrecy envelope and seal it. The sealed secrecy envelope will be placed inside the declaration envelope and sealed. The voter then completes the declaration, including a signature.
5. Once finished, the ballot is returned and placed into a locked ballot box.