Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar on Wednesday morning stressed to voters that every vote cast in the state’s election will be counted. “Pennsylvania will have a fair election, and that election will be free of outside influence,” Wold said during a press conference.
The announcement followed
premature claims of victory by President Trump Wednesday morning. Trump also said he would take the election to the Supreme Court to stop the vote counting.
Wolf reminded voters that delayed results were expected due to the state’s new mail-in ballot system . “The delay that we see is a sign that the system is working,” he said.
In defending the process, Boockvar called the election “one of the smoothest” presidential elections she’s witnessed.
“We are exactly where we said we would be. We said it was going to take some time to count the mail ballots, and we are approaching 50% of the mail ballots counted, which is great…” she said. “But there’s still millions of ballots left to be counted.”
About 500,000 mail-in ballots have not been returned, according to the state. Boockvar said it is not yet clear how many of those voters instead cast ballots in person or postmarked their ballots by the close of polls, but those numbers will be trackable in the coming days.
Voters can track Pennsylvania’s counting via the state’s dashboard , which will be updated throughout the day.
Christine Mohamed, executive director of CAIR Pittsburgh and a Common Cause volunteer, embraces Carla McClellan, who had just voted in Clairton. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)
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Election 2020: Gov. Tom Wolf urges patience as counties across PA count votes