Allegheny Co. Elections Director Offers A Look At What Voters Can Expect At Polls
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The advertising, the robo calls, the endless campaign appearances will all be over on Tuesday, and it will be up to you and your voting booth.
With turnout expected in the 70 percent range, the Director of Elections in Allegheny County, Mark Wolosik, says you can expect lines in the hours before and after work.
Wolosik says, “If it is possible, you would be best to vote during the daytime when the lines are not expected to be as long.”
This year’s ballot is one of the easiest in the four-year cycle with the races for President and U.S. Senate on the first page; and Wolosik says on the second page, “Attorney General, Auditor General, State Treasurer, State Senatorial races in certain districts and State Representative in all districts.”
Gov. Tom Corbett says this truly is an election where, “every vote counts. It’s going to be very close; I’ve been traveling the state, I get a feel for it and it’s going to be a very close race in Pennsylvania.”
The polls will open at 7 a.m. and anyone in line when the polls close at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote. In some previous Presidential Elections, it took almost an hour and a half to get the last voter through.
For most voters, no photo id is required.
Only those voting for the first time in their polling place will need to bring along some form of identification. That can be a photo ID, or 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 or a government check.
But again, that is only for people voting in polling places for the first time. Everyone else will be able to vote as they always have without any identification.
With electronic voting the Allegheny County, results should come in early; but 36,000 absentee ballots have been issued, and those won’t be counted until the polls are closed.
Until the absentee votes are included, the results will not be official.