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What to Know for Tuesday's Primary Election


Tuesday is the primary election for the City of Pittsburgh. It's the first step for citizens to elect their new mayor by deciding whose name will be on the ballot in November.

Where to Vote: While polling places are located all over the city, voters are required to vote at their assigned polling place. Those who need help finding their designated polling place can call the Allegheny County Division of Elections at (412) 350-4500 or go online at the Allegheny County website or VotesPA.

When to Vote: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone waiting in line before 8 p.m. still has the right to vote. Those voting at a new polling place or for the first time will be required to show a form of identification, though it is not required to be a photo ID. 

PA Voter ID Law: Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID law will not be in effect for Tuesday's primary. Voters may be asked to show their IDs at their polling places, but a photo ID is not required to vote. Anyone who is told they cannot vote without a photo ID at a polling location is encouraged to call the Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Status: The deadline for voter registration is 30 days before a primary or general election. Anyone who is currently unregistered cannot vote in Tuesday's primary. Residents can check their registration status online or by calling 877-VOTESPA. Visit VotesPA for information on how to register in for the election in November.

On the Ballot: Democratic voters in the City of Pittsburgh will choose among four mayoral candidates. Other races in the region include four Pittsburgh City Council seats (three contested), five seats on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board and seven Allegheny County Council seats. There will also be a special election in the state's 42nd House District.