Pa. says counties ‘taking their time’ but integrity is ‘unparalleled’

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Pa. says counties ‘taking their time’ but integrity is ‘unparalleled’

Barbara Sprunt/ NPR

November 5, 2020

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Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Harrisburg, Pa., about counting votes from Tuesday’s election. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said that although election workers have counted hundreds of thousands of ballots on Thursday, there’s still several hundred thousand votes remaining to be counted.

“I know everybody around the country, around the state is eagerly awaiting [the results],” she told reporters Thursday evening.

“And I can tell you, the counties are too. They are really taking their time making sure that every single voter in the commonwealth who has cast their ballot is having those ballots accurately and securely counted.”

Boockvar called the integrity of the vote “unparalleled,” including for mail-in ballots.

“[It’s the] same as when you vote in person. You have to be registered. You go in, you sign in the poll book – all these things are tracked. Our voting systems and our databases make sure that no voter can cast more than one vote. It literally has a hard stop.”

She emphasized the complete results are not certified until 20 days after the election so any talk of “final” results is a bit of a misnomer. For example, Pennsylvania will continue counting military and overseas ballots through next Tuesday.

“What’s happening now is having enough ballots counted to actually see who the winner is,” she said. “The farther apart that is, the easier it is to tell. So it’s very close in Pennsylvania, right? There’s no question. And so that means it’s going to take longer to actually see who the winner is.”

Boockvar said she still anticipates the overwhelming majority of ballots to be counted by Friday.

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