Are you ready to cast your ballot?
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th, and the whole country is counting on you to cast your ballot! If this is your first time voting in Pittsburgh (It’s my first time ever voting actually!), here are the simple steps to take to make sure your vote is cast correctly.
1. Know your polling location.
This will be listed on your voter registration card. Most likely it will be a location very close to where you live.
2. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
That is more than enough time to get there, no matter how busy you are. Maybe that means waking up early for class, or staying out a little later after dinner. You can do it.
3. Bring an appropriate ID with you.
Don’t take any chances; you want to bring both your voter registration card (sign it!) and one or two forms of 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
Approved forms of non-photo identification include:
- Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
- Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government
- Firearm permit
- Current paycheck
- Current utility bill
- Government check
- Current bank statement
4. Know who you are voting for.
The above link shows you your sample ballot, as well as your voting location (see step 1). Not only will you be voting for our next president on election day, but you will also likely see a few congressmen and women on the ballot. Thirty-four Senate seats and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for re-election on Tuesday, so don’t forget about them either!
5. Be proud!
You just participated in one of the most coveted acts in the world, nice job citizen!
Track the progress of the election here!