PUMP’s voter guide has everything Pittsburgh and Allegheny County voters need to know for the Pennsylvania general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2021.
Voters will decide on important local races including the Pittsburgh Mayoral race, Allegheny County Council races, judicial races, and more. Make sure your voice is heard on Election Day – read on to find key dates, candidate information, ways to get invovled, and more.
How to Vote: Dates, Deadlines, and Details
- Voter Registration Deadline – October 18, 2021
- Mail-in Ballot Application Deadline – October 26, 2021
- ELECTION DAY – November 2, 2021
- Polls are open from 7 AM-8 PM
- Voted mail-in ballots must be received by the County Board of Elections by 8 PM
Register to Vote
- Voter registration deadline – October 18, 2021
- Check your voter registration status
- Register to vote online
- Learn how to update your voter registration if you’ve moved, want to change your party affiliation, or need to change it for another reason.
Vote by Mail
All Pennsylvania voters can vote by mail. Voting by mail is safe, secure, and easy.
- Apply for a mail-in ballot by Tuesday, October 26, 2021 (applications must by RECEIVED – not post-marked – by the county election office by 5 PM)
- Fill out your ballot and follow all instructions to ensure it will be counted
- Return your completed ballot in-person or by mail by 8 PM on Election Day (November 2)
- Track the status of your ballot
Vote in Person on Election Day – Tuesday, November 2
- Polls are open from 7 AM-8 PM
- Find your polling place
- Roll to the Polls with Healthy Ride: Use code VOTE2021 for a free bike ride
Know Your Rights as a Voter
- Votes PA Guide: Official information on your rights as a voter in Pennsylvania
- Election Protection: State-by-state information on voting rights, plus a hotline you can contact with your questions or to report issues on Election Day.
- Run into an issue while voting? Call 866-OUR-VOTE!
What’s on the Ballot: Learn about Key Races, the Candidates, and More
- Find your voting districts:
- View a sample ballot via Vote411 from the League of Women Voters
Vote School Board First! – Pittsburgh Public School Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9
Vote School Board First! is a coalition of dozens of organizations, including PUMP, led by A+ Schools, that urges voters to cast a ballot in school board races. Kids in our community depend on us to be informed voters. That’s why we’re asking you to Vote School Board First.
While many PPS school board races are decided in the primary election, your vote still matters in the general election.
School Board candidates by district:
- District 1: Sylvia Wilson (R/D – Incumbent)
- District 3: Sala Udin (D)
- District 5: Terry Kennedy (R) and Tracey Reed (D)
- District 7: Jamie Piotrowski (D)
- District 9: Veronic Edwards (R) and Gene Walker (D)
Pittsburgh Mayoral Race
State Representative Ed Gainey and Tony Moreno are vying for Pittsburgh Mayor in the General Election. Rep. Gainey won the Democratic primary election. Tony Moreno lost the Democratic nomination, but he won the Republican nomination.
Pittsburgh City Council: Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8
Pittsburgh City Council candidates by district:
- District 2: Theresa Kail-Smith (D – Incumbent)
- District 4: Anthony Coghill (D – Incumbent) and Connor Mulvaney (Green Party)
- District 6: R. Daniel Lavelle (D – Incumbent)
- District 8: Erika Strassburger (D – Incumbent)
Allegheny County Council – Districts 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, and 12
Allegheny County Council candidates by district:
- District 1 Candidates: Jack Betkowski (D) and Joe Wise (R)
- District 3 Candidates: Anita Prizio (D – Incumbent) and Meredith Dolan (R)
- District 4 Candidates: Patrick Catena Jr. (D – Incumbent) and Jennie Brown (R)
- District 8 Candidates: Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis (D) and Eric Casteel (R)
- District 9 Candidates: Bob Macey (D – Incumbent)
- District 12 Candidates: Robert Palmosina (D – Incumbent)
Allegheny County Sheriff
Kevin Kraus is the sole candidate for Allegheny County Sheriff.
Voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballot for a variety of elected judicial positions. PA Supreme Court: Candidates will be vying for a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, because Justice Thomas Saylor (R) has reached the court’s age limit of 75. Maria Mclaughlin (D) and Kevin Brobson (R) are running for the seat in the general election.
There are also elections for PA Judge of the Superior Court, PA Judge of the Commonwealth Court, and Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. There are several retention elections for the Superior Court and Commonwealth Court – the elections will determine whether or not the incumbent judges keep their seats for another term.
- Council races and judicial elections: A candidate rundown to help you at the polls Nov. 2 in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County from Pittsburgh City Paper + PublicSource
Candidate Forums, Debates, and Other Civic Engagement Events
#VirtualMeetings with VEEEM to provide voter education – VEEEM Pittsburgh
- Why Do We Vote? What’s at Stake? – Monday, 9-20-21 @ 6:30 PM
- What’s on My Ballot? – Tuesday, 10-12-21 @ 6:30 PM
- Meet the Candidates – Monday, 10-25-21 @ 6 PM
- Celebration & Evaluation – Tuesday, 11-16-21 @ 6:30 PM
- Hybrid Mayoral Debate – Casa San José + Thunderbird Café & Music Hall – Monday, 10-11-21 @ 7 PM
- Magisterial District 05-02-42 Candidate Forum (Perrysville, Riverside, Brighton Heights, Woods Run) – League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh – Thursday, 10-14-21 @ 8 PM
- Magisterial District 05-03-04 Candidate Forum (Aspinwall, Blawnox, Fox Chapel, Indiana, O’Hara, Sharpsburg) – League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh – Tuesday, 10-19-21 @ 8 PM
- Magisterial District 05-02-19 Candidate Forum (Mt. Lebanon and Dormont) – League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh – Thursday, 10-21-21 @ 8 PM
- Judicial, Magisterial, and School Board Candidate Forum – B-PEP + Community Partners – Friday, 10-29-21 @ 6 PM
- Pittsburgh Mayoral Debate – WPXI TV with B-PEP + Community Partners – Sunday, 10-31-21 @ 8:30 PM
Allegheny County Needs a Pro-Voter Agenda
Tell the Allegheny County Election Board it’s time to adopt a pro-voter agenda – sign on here.
PUMP wants to make sure your voice is heard on EVERY Election Day. That’s why we are working with dozens of other organizations and community leaders to advocate for a Pro-Voter Agenda in Allegheny County. This means:
- Accessible ballot drop boxes
- Expanded early voting sites
- Fully-staffed polling places
- Election information mailed to all voters
- The freedom to vote – in the language voters speak
- Robust public meeting schedule
- Funding that protects the freedom to vote
- and more.
Become a Poll Worker in Allegheny County
Sign up to be a poll worker in Allegheny County – Allegheny County is hiring poll workers to work the November 2nd election. Poll workers, also referred to as election officers, earn from $150 to $175 for the day. New poll workers also receive paid training.
Get Out the Vote in Your Community
- Volunteer for Election Protection
- Support, donate to, and volunteer with other voter empowerment organizations that are working to ensure that everyone’s right to vote is protected and more:
- ACLU of Pennsylvania
- Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP)
- Chatham University’s Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics
- JCC Center for Loving Kindness
- League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh
- VEEM Pittsburgh (Voter Empowerment, Education, and Enrichment Movement)
- When We All Vote (National Organization)
Note: PUMP will be updating this blog regularly leading up to the November 2 election. If you know of an event or resource that we missed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.