Vote May 18th


On May 18, 2021, Pennsylvanians will vote on three proposed constitutional amendments that would restore checks and balances during any future emergencies.

These amendments would:

  • Require legislative approval for the extension of a disaster declaration beyond 21 days.
    • Currently, a governor can issue a 90-day emergency disaster declaration and renew it an unlimited number of times without legislative input. This would change the allowance for unlimited 90-day renewals of a disaster declaration by a governor.
      • Recomendation -> Vote YES
  • Empower the General Assembly to terminate a governor’s disaster declaration by a majority vote in both chambers.
    • Because of a recent state Supreme Court ruling, it is easier for the Legislature to remove a sitting governor than for the Legislature to terminate a governor’s disaster declaration, regardless of how many times that declaration has been renewed or how many months or years it has been in place. This amendment would allow the House and Senate to end a disaster declaration by a majority vote.
      • Recomendation -> Vote YES
  • A third proposed constitutional amendment would add race and ethnicity as categories for non-discrimination in our constitution.
    • This amendment does not relate to emergency declarations or powers.
      • Recommendation -> Vote YES


Pennsylvania now has two options for mail-in ballots. If you are away from home on election day or have a disability, you should request an absentee ballot. If you are not an absentee voter, you may apply for an early voting mail-in ballot.

Click here for an application for absentee and mail-in ballots. Applications must be received by the Allegheny County Board of Elections by 5:00 PM on May 11, 2021 to vote in the primary election. You may also go directly to the Allegheny County Elections Office (604 County Office Building 542 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219) to request an absentee or mail-in ballot. For questions by phone, please call 412-350-4500. 

Completed absentee and mail-in ballots must be received by the Allegheny County Board of Elections by 8:00 PM on May 18, 2021.



You may click here to check if you are registered to vote. The deadline to register before the primary election is May 3, 2021, and you can register online here.



Polls will be open on Election Day, May 18, 2021 from 7am-8pm. Find your polling place here.



All voters who appear at a polling place for the first time must show identification. Approved photo identification includes:

  • 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

You may also use the following non-photo forms of identification:

  • 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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