With More Than 1.4 Million PA Mail-in Ballots to Be Counted, Races Still Too Close to Call

Chester County, Pa., election workers check mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 General Election in the United States at West Chester University, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

By Patrick Abdalla

November 4, 2020

Twenty-one counties (almost a third of the state’s 67 counties) did not even start counting mail-in ballots until Wednesday morning.

Many of the important races in Pennsylvania are still far from over. 

The state issued a little more than 3 million mail-in ballots. Voters returned approximately 2.57 million ballots, and 1.4 million of those ballots (55%) still need to be counted, according to the state’s election dashboard.

It is unclear how many of the approximately 500,000 voters who did not return their mail-in ballots never received them and voted via provisional ballots, which still need to be verified, or received them but chose to vote at the polls instead.

Twenty-one counties (almost a third of the state’s 67 counties) have not even started counting mail-in ballots.

They are: Adams, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cameron, Carbon, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Franklin, Green, Huntington, Indiana, Juniata, Mercer, Montour, Tioga, Venango, and York counties.

It’s not just those rural red areas that the state—and the nation—is waiting on, however.

Philadelphia received more than 350,000 mail-in ballots, and has counted only 75,755 (only about 22%).

Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, received almost 349,000 mail-in ballots, and has counted almost 50% of them.

All of those mail-in ballots will certainly affect the presidential election, but also state-wide offices and many down ballot races.


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