by John L. Micek | Pennsylvania Capital Star

Pennsylvania’s chief election official said Monday that state officials are doing everything they can to ensure a safe election on November 8. But those same officials continue to battle electoral disinformation as crucial midterm elections approach.

“Transparency and trust are the goal of the Pennsylvania electoral process,” Acting Secretary of State Lee M. Chapman said Monday, while speaking at the monthly Pennsylvania Press Club lunch in downtown Harrisburg.

as I did In other public appearances This fall campaign season, Chapman told a mixed crowd of journalists, businessmen and advocates that it will likely take several days to score in dozens of races, including high-profile competitions for the US Senate and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office.

That’s because county election officials are not allowed to open and begin processing hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots that are expected to be cast in this election cycle until 7 a.m. on Election Day. They cannot begin counting the votes until after the polls close at 8 p.m. on November 8.

Chapman said election workers are “doing everything in their power to accurately and accurately count the votes,” dismissing conspiracy theories that a delay of “several days” indicates that something “outrageous” is happening.

Chapman said Democrat Wolff still hopes that lawmakers will approve a 15-day “pre-vote” period as it’s known, which would give county officials more time to process ballot papers, thus simplifying vote counting.

The state received 1.4 million ballot papers. As of Monday, about 61 percent of those cards have been completed and returned. Chapman said more may be received before the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline for submitting a ballot application. Chapman urged those who apply for a ballot by the deadline to forgo mailing them and instead hand them to the local county election office or drop them off.


You can find your county election office here and a list of delivery locations here. Chapman said that ballots must be returned no later than 8 p.m. on election day.


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