Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2020-10-18 19:31:07 –
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Early voting continues across the country and here at home. Allegheny County officials say about 7,000 ballots were cast or cast on Saturday.
Even before the Boyce Park site opened, nearly 100 people lined up.
“This is our civic responsibility and this is what we are trying to do,” said Rosemary Barbacci. She was one of the first people to come online.
Allegheny County officials said around 14,000 ballots or nominations were cast on election websites last week. Saturday was about 7,000 more.
Approximately 1,900 people were at the Boyce Park site.
“People are concerned about everything that’s going on right now, I think it’s a fantastic turnout,” said Joann Wiehagen while waiting at Boyce Park.
Voters believe this is a safe way to submit your ballot and limit exposure to the virus.
“I think it’s as secure as any other function. If you vote on November 3, who knows if the machines won’t go wrong, ”said Carol Krusey as she waited to complete her mail-in vote request.
The Hill District hosted around 650 people on Saturday and hundreds more on Sunday. They had a big screen, so no one had to miss the Steelers game.
“A lot of people voted here and that’s a good thing,” said volunteer Kayla Kinney.
She does not yet have the right to vote but felt that it was necessary to participate in the process.
Some volunteers and voting activists have followed the participation of the last two weekends and are delighted.
“It’s clear that the turnout has been solid and people are enthusiastic. People understand what’s at stake, ”said DeWitt Walton with PA Black Votes Matter.
An important deadline is Monday. This is the deadline to register to vote in the November elections.
“You have the right to elect our leaders. Other countries don’t have that option, ”Krusey said.
“People think their vote doesn’t count, but it does. It’s important to get out and vote, ”Kinney said.
If you were to apply or have your ballot submitted this weekend, there will be a site next weekend.