Here are some tips on how to stay safe at the ballot box.


As always, I hope you and your family are healthy and well. The unpredictable nature of this year, of the unfolding pandemic, has been painful. In May we thought we had nipped the virus in the bud, especially in our region. But outbreaks in other states – which largely did not take action to mitigate the virus until it was too late – have brought this horrible bug back around to us.

So please, wear your mask and stay safe! No one wants to get back to “normal” faster than me and the best way to do that is to act now.

And speaking of acting now – you can now apply at for a mail-in ballot for the fall. If you are considering this (and I strongly urge you to do so) please apply sooner rather than later.

In June, we led the state in the volume of mail-in ballots – more than 280,000 – and I expect that number to increase in the fall. That’s a lot of ballots (and applications) for the county elections folks to process, so applying now can hopefully get you ahead of the eventual bottleneck.

We don’t know what November will bring in terms of the novel coronavirus. And just like wearing a mask, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So please, avoid the lines, avoid the poll workers, avoid the voting booths and consider using a mail-in ballot. It’s safe, secure, simple, and simply a good idea.

Be well,


State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl represents the 20th Legislative District in Allegheny County

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