Everything you need to know for Pennsylvania’s General Election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Election Day is coming up on November 5, 2019. Voting is an important opportunity to advocate for the issues that matter most to you and participate directly in democracy. Voter participation among young people lags behind other generations, but it has surged in recent elections. Let’s keep that momentum going – make your voice and your values heard this Election Day. We’ve compiled important dates, deadlines, candidate information, and more to help you as you get ready to vote.
Before Election Day:
- Register to vote
- Absentee ballot
- Absentee ballot application deadline: Tuesday, 10/29/19 at 5 PM
- If you are unable to get to the polls on Election Day, be sure to request an absentee ballot online, by mail, or in person – details here
On Election Day:
- Polling place information
- Find your polling place
- Polling place hours: 7 AM-8 PM
- Getting there: B-PEP’s Roll to the Polls program
- If you or someone you know needs a ride to the polls, contact the CISP Office in your area before Election Day
- Hill District: 412-281-7430
- Northside/Manchester: 412-442-5790
- Homewood/Easthills: 412-793-8091
- East Liberty/Garfield/Bloomfield: 412-363-1150
- Wilkinsburg/Braddock: 412-243-7550
- McKeesport: 412-350-7063
- To arrange a ride on Election Day: 412-434-0919 or 412-758-2056
- Know your rights:
Get to know the candidates and the issues:
City of Pittsburgh Referendum: Pittsburgh Parks for All
All City of Pittsburgh voters will have the opportunity to vote on a citizen-led ballot referendum to increase funding for Pittsburgh’s parks. If it passes, an additional real estate tax of 0.5 mills ($50 per $100,000 of assessed real estate value) will generate approximately $10 million every year for a dedicated parks trust fund to address the massive backlog in funding for parks maintenance and capital projects.
We encourage all PUMP members, PSL participants, and city voters to go to the polls on November 5th and vote YES on the Pittsburgh Parks for All referendum. Read our full statement here.
“Shall the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter be amended to establish a dedicated Parks Trust Fund beginning in 2020 to: improve, maintain, create and operate public parks; improve park safety; equitably fund parks in underserved neighborhoods throughout Pittsburgh; be funded with an additional 0.5 mill levy ($50 on each $100,000 of assessed real estate value); secure matching funds and services from a charitable city parks conservancy; and assure citizen participation and full public disclosure of spending?”
- Attend an upcoming Parks Listening Tour meeting to hear from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh about the plan to improve Pittsburgh’s parks by funding them equitably based on need and ensuring that all parks are maintained to a higher standard
- See the Parks Plans presentation
- View the FAQs
Statewide Referendum: Marsy’s Law
All Pennsylvania voters will see a question on their ballot on Tuesday about Marsy’s Law, a proposed amendment to the state constitution about victims’ rights. In order to qualify for the ballot, Marsy’s Law was passed by the state legislature two sessions in a row. If it passes on Election Day, the constitutional amendment will be ratified.
PUMP encourages all voters to educate themselves given the issue’s overall importance in substance as well as its elevated importance as a proposed amendment to the PA state constitution. The proposed amendment has also attracted considerable controversy and is the source of a pending lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.
Read our overview of the issue here.
Meet the candidates events and voter guides:
- Pittsburgh City Council
- Allegheny County Council
- Allegheny County Council District 5 Candidate Forum – Oct. 24 at 6 PM
- Allegheny County Executive
- Allegheny County Candidate Forum – Oct. 14 at 7 PM
- Allegheny County District Attorney
- A Community Conversation on the Roles, Duties & Responsibilities of the Office of District Attorney of Allegheny County – Oct. 30 at 6:30 PM at St. James A.M.E. Church/Sumpter Hall (contact email@example.com for more information)
- Other Events
- Decision 2019 – Superior Court Candidates Forum – Oct. 15 from 4:45 PM-6:30 PM
- Plum School Board Candidate Forum – Oct. 17 at 6:30 PM
- Hampton Township School District and Township Council Forum – Oct. 22 from 7 PM-9:30 PM
- Allegheny County Political Candidate Forum – Oct. 22 from 5 PM-6:30 PM
- Bellevue Borough Council Candidate Forum – Oct. 29 at 7 PM
- Voter Guides
- Voters guide: What you need to know about the upcoming 2019 local elections (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
- Pennsylvania’s Superior Court, explained: Why you should pay attention to this November race (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
- The procrastinator’s guide to Pittsburgh’s Nov. 5 municipal election (The Incline)
We will be updating this voter guide through the November 5 election as we learn of new resources and opportunities. If you know of something we missed, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!