Voters Go To the Polls for PA-18 Special Election, Even Those Outside the District
The special election saw a massive investment by groups on both sides of the aisle in TV ads in the Pittsburgh area, leading many to feel like they should be voting in the election.
Allegheny county’s spokeswoman Amie Downs said the government got “many calls yesterday [from] people who were confused because they thought they were voting but couldn’t find their polling place on the list” according to the Post-Gazette.
Allegheny, which contains parts of the district, was not the only county to receive calls about the special election.
“We’ve been getting calls for the past week, with people wanting to vote absentee or by emergency ballot because they weren’t going to be here today,” Beaver county Elections Director Dorene Mandity said.
No part of Beaver county falls in the 18th district.
“Some are understanding, but others argue with you and say, ‘Why can’t I vote?’ You have to explain that we aren’t in the district,” Mandity told the Post-Gazette about explaining to voters they are not eligible to vote in the election.
According to reports, the confusion was not limited to the western part of the state. Lehigh and Northampton counties in the eastern part of the state had voters calling demanding the right to vote in the election.