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Westmoreland County Voter Guide

Click on the questions below to learn more about voting in Westmoreland County on November 3.

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To register to vote in Pennsylvania, you must:

  • Have been a U.S. citizen for at least 1 month before the next election.
  • Be 18 years old by the next election.
  • Have been a resident of Pennsylvania and the district you wish to vote in for at least 30 days before the next election.

Felony Convictions and Voting Rights

Those on parole and/or probation are eligible to vote.
If you are incarcerated for a felony conviction you are not eligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored when you are no longer incarcerated and you should re-register to vote.

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October 19: Last day to register to vote in the November election

October 27: Last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot

November 3: Last day to submit a mail-in or absentee ballot

November 3: Election Day

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To vote in the next election in PA, you must register by Monday, October 19.

In Pennsylvania, you can register to vote onlineby mail or in person. You cannot register to vote by phone.

Online

The state’s online voter application allows you to complete and submit your application online.

Once you submit the application online, it will be reviewed by your county voter registration office; you are not registered to vote until you receive your voter registration card.

If you have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card, you can complete the voter registration process online. Your signature on file at PennDOT will be sent to your county voter registration office and become part of your voter record.

If you do not provide a PennDOT number or if PennDOT cannot verify the information you enter on the form, you must provide a signature to complete the voter registration process. You have three options:

  • Upload a digital image of your signature to submit with the voter registration application form. Take a photograph of your signature in blue or black ink on white paper.
  • Request a signature form from the Department of State. Sign the form and mail it to your county voter registration office.
  • Print, sign, and mail the voter registration application to your county voter registration office.

Your signed application must either be delivered to your county voter registration office or postmarked no later than the registration deadline.

Refer to the state’s section on online voter registration for more information on application signature options.

By Mail or In Person

To register to vote by mail or in person, complete a Pennsylvania Voter Registration Mail Application Form (DSBE-600) and take or mail it to your PA county Board of Elections office.

You can also take the completed form in person to:

NOTE: Once your voter registration office processes your application, you will be sent a voter identification card by mail. If you do not receive your PA voter ID card within 14 days, you should contact your county voter registration office directly.

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To check your voter registration status, visit the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Voter Database.  You can search by name or Driver’s License Number or PennDOT ID number.

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You can update your voter registration if you have moved, changed your name, or want to change your party affiliation.

If you need to update any information in your voter registration, you can do so online, by mail, or in person.

Online

Go to the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Online Voter Registration Application.

By Mail or In Person

To register to vote by mail or in person, complete a Pennsylvania Voter Registration Mail Application Form (DSBE-600) and take or mail it to your PA county Board of Elections office.

You can also take the completed form in person to:

NOTE: Once your voter registration office processes your application, you will be sent a voter identification card with your updated information by mail. If you do not receive your PA voter ID card within 14 days, you should contact your county voter registration office directly.

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A mail-in ballot is a paper ballot sent to you by mail.  You can mark and cast the ballot by returning it to the County Election Office, either by mail or in-person.  Unlike absentee ballots, voters do not need to provide a valid reason for requesting a mail-in ballot.

Any registered voter in Pennsylvania can request a mail-in ballot.

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To request an absentee ballot, you can:

Follow the instructions included with the mail-in ballot.  MAKE SURE YOU PLACE YOUR BALLOT IN THE INCLUDED SECRECY ENVELOPE, THEN PLACE THE ENVELOPE IN THE LARGER OUTER ENVELOPE.  Ballots that are not returned in the secrecy envelope WILL NOT BE COUNTED.  Be sure to sign your form and return it by mail or in-person to the County Election Office by 5pm on November 3, 2019.

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An absentee ballot is a paper ballot sent to you by mail. You can mark and cast the ballot by returning it to the County Election Office.

To vote by absentee ballot you must be registered to vote.

People who may vote by absentee ballot include:

  • College Students
  • People whose Work or Vacation take them away from the Municipality where they Live
  • Those with a Physical Disability or Illness that Prevents them from going to the Polling Place
  • Members of the Military
  • People who may have a Conflict due to the Celebration of a Religious Holiday

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To request an absentee ballot, you can:

If the County Election Office determines your request for an absentee ballot is valid, an absentee ballot with instructions will be sent to you via mail.

Follow the instructions included with the absentee ballot.  Be sure to sign your form and return it to the County Election Office by 5pm on November 3, 2019.

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Yes!  You can track the status of your mail-in or absentee ballot through Pennsylvania’s Department of State website.

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Visit vote411.org and enter your home address, then click “Get personalized information on candidates and issues” to preview your ballot.

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In 2018, the Pennsylvania congressional map was ruled unconstitutional and redrawn by the Commonwealth’s Supreme Court.  This change only affects congressional districts.  If you have not moved, your polling place will not change.

View the new congressional districts on Google Maps to find your new congressional district.

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Visit the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Polling Place Search Tool to enter your home address and find your polling place.

Polling places are open from 7am to 8pm on November 3.

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The Pennsylvania Department of State’s Votes PA website has a comprehensive guide to your voting rights.

If you think your voting rights have been violated or suspect fraud, visit the Votes PA website to find out how to submit a complaint and how your complaint will be investigated.

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When you arrive at your polling place, give the poll worker your name.  He or she will ask you to sign the voter roster list next to your name.

If this is your first time voting at a polling place, you will be asked to show ID.

Approved forms of photo identification include:

  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card
  • ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
  • ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

If you do not have a photo ID, you can use a non-photo identification that includes your name and address.

  • Confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office
  • Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
  • Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Current paycheck
  • Government check

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If you are a registered voter but your name is not on the voter roster at your polling place, you have the right to vote a provisional ballot.  You also have the right to vote via provisional ballot if you are voting at a polling place for the first time and do not have appropriate identification or if the voter roster shows the incorrect party affiliation.

If you vote by provisional ballot, you will be asked to follow these instructions:

  1. Complete and sign the provisional ballot affidavit on the back of the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.
  2. Mark your provisional ballot in an accessible and private area of the polling place.
  3. Seal your provisional ballot in the secrecy envelope.
  4. Seal the secrecy envelope in the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.
  5. Sign the front of the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.
  6. Return the sealed provisional ballot affidavit envelope to a polling place election official.
  7. Receive your provisional ballot identification receipt.

Visit the Votes PA website for more information about provisional ballots.

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Contact the Westmoreland County Elections Office if you have additional questions.

2 N. Main Street
Suite 109
Greensburg, PA 15601

Phone: 724-830-3150
Fax: 724-830-3152

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Official election results are posted at every polling place the day after the election.  You can also view official results on the Westmoreland County Election Office website.

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Visit the Pennsylvania’s Department of State’s Votes PA website for a comprehensive guide to voting in Pennsylvania.

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