Lehigh Valley county executives praise elections process and voters following historic Election Day

Written by on November 4, 2020

Lehigh Valley county executives praise elections process and voters following historic Election Day

by Jen Rehill and Christine Dempsey

November 4, 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.

Ed White (sitting) with other poll GOP and Democrat watchers. The watchers say that in Lehigh County, ballot counting has been transparent & legal, but they disagree on interpretation of Pa. law regarding late mail ballots postmarked on time. But in this photo, they are agreeing to not count two ballots postmarked Nov. 4. Photo| Tyler Pratt.

As the election count stretched late into the night in Lehigh and Northampton counties, local officials expressed cautious optimism about the process on Election Day.

Speaking late last night on PBS39, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure said he was pleased with how things had gone so far. 

“Everything has gone very smoothly. We couldn’t be more impressed with how the judges of elections and the poll workers have run this election. Not to mention our elections division.”

Also speaking to PBS39, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong said he hopes the attention this election has received helps citizens realize how important voting is.

“Not just for president, but next year’s municipal elections, school boards, city councils, those sort of things. A very big part of your life is decided by more local people than people in Washington. So I hope this stays the way it’s supposed to be – great voter turnout.”

State election officials estimate it may take some counties until the end of the week to process all of the mail-in ballots from this year’s election.

As of 2 a.m., Lehigh County had counted about a quarter of all mail-in ballots, while Northampton County had processed nearly half. 

Sign up for our WLVR weekly newsletter to stay up to date with the latest news from the Lehigh Valley and across Pennsylvania.

Tagged as


Current track