Lehigh County officials making progress in counting mail-in ballots

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Lehigh County officials making progress in counting mail-in ballots

By Tyler Pratt

November 3, 2020

Please be patient: We most likely won’t know the results of the Nov. 3 election in Pa. and across the country for several days. Find out more about how WLVR News will cover election night and after.

Mail-in ballots for the 2020 General Election in the United States are seen after being sorted at the Chester County Voter Services office, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Lehigh County Government Center basement was busy Tuesday night as poll workers opened mail-in ballot envelopes and machines counted votes.

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Chief Clerk Tim Benyo of the Lehigh County Voter Office says around 12,500 ballots have been counted, and they will continue counting through the night. He believes the first results may come through at around 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

The other big issue of the day was the number of “naked ballots.” There are about 300 ballots so far at about 8:30 p.m. that did have the required secrecy envelope. Those ballots will not be counted unless those voters came and voted in person with a provisional ballot.

Lehigh County has at least 68,000 ballots to work through, with 20,000 more expected to come in through the end of the week. 

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