Allegheny County leads state in mail-in balloting; more expected in November

By: Deb Erdley

Faced with the coronavirus pandemic and the prospect of long lines at sharply reduced polling places, Allegheny County voters led the state in embracing Pennsylvania’s new mail-in voting option.

A new report by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania found nearly one in three Allegheny County voters requested a mail-in ballot for the June 2 primary. The county led the state with 31.2% of voters requesting mail-in ballots. Montgomery, Luzerne and Chester counties were close at 27.1%, 25.2% and 24.9%, respectively.

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Allegheny alone among many Western Pennsylvania counties concerned about in-person voting for primary

By: Julian Routh

As the executive of the state’s second-most populous county warns that in-person voting on June 2 would be a “disaster” plagued by staffing shortages and fear, officials managing elections in many of the more sparsely inhabited counties of Western Pennsylvania say they aren’t as concerned.

While Allegheny County has moved to send mail-in ballot applications to all of its registered voters, Mercer County remains in a “relatively fortunate position” — said elections director Jeff Greenburg, adding, “knock on wood” — and as of Thursday morning, has only come across one precinct of 90 total where no poll workers are willing to work.

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