Pa. Secretary of State: Votes will be counted ‘accurately and securely’

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Pa. Secretary of State: Votes will be counted ‘accurately and securely’

By James Doubek/ NPR

November 3, 2020

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Chester County, Pa., election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election in the United States at West Chester University, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in West Chester., Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says President Trump’s attempts to undermine voters’ faith in elections — especially when it comes to voting by mail — haven’t worked in the crucial swing state.

More than 2.5 million people had already voted by mail in Pennsylvania before polls opened Tuesday, Boockvar said. That’s about 40% of the total turnout from four years ago and 10 times the number who voted by mail in 2016.

“No matter how you vote, there’s really intense processes in place to make sure every vote is eligible and that every eligible vote is counted accurately and securely,” Boockvar told NPR’s Rachel Martin on Morning Edition. State and local officials have worked to inform voters of their options and the message has been heard “loud and clear,” Boockvar says.

With its 20 electoral votes, Pennsylvania will be one of the most closely watched states in the nation on election night. Republicans in the state had sought to block counting ballots arriving after Election Day. But the U.S. Supreme Court declined to overturn a decision by the state Supreme Court allowing absentee ballots received as late as this Friday to be counted so long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3.

Boockvar, a Democrat, says the “overwhelming majority of ballots,” both mailed and in person, will be counted “within a couple of days.”

“The counties are counting 24/7,” she says. “They are just completely dedicated to counting every vote accurately as quickly as humanly possible.”

Pennsylvania narrowly went for Trump in 2016 after going Democratic in the previous six general elections. Biden and Trump have both campaigned heavily in the state, which could be the final arbiter of the presidency.

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