Pollsters continue to count in Pennsylvania

(November 7, 2020) Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow but growing margin in the presidential race brought him one step closer to winning Pennsylvania’s 20-vote cache of electoral votes as ballot counting teams in some counties resumed their work this weekend. Prospecting which in a normal year would have ended on Friday will continue into next week, with many counties waiting until Monday to begin passing through provisional polls. Tens of thousands of remaining mail-in ballots – along with provisional ballots and those cast by military and foreign voters – will decide whether Biden’s slim lead holds up or if Republican President Donald Trump can find the right ones. votes he needs to repeat his 2016 victory in the state. Starting to count the provisional ballots on Monday, some counties decided, will help ensure they can include all valid votes in the mail arriving before Friday and sent on or before election day. Philadelphia officials said Friday the process could take several days. Fewer than 100,000 mail ballots remain to be counted across the state. In Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, the team worked Saturday morning to count and sort the ballots. The officials did not know when their count would be over. The Philadelphia counters also planned to count more ballots on Saturday. Pennsylvania election officials were not allowed to process mail-in ballots until election day under state law, and those ballots skewed heavily in Biden’s favor after Trump has spent months claiming without evidence that postal voting would lead to widespread electoral fraud. There is another possibility that could delay the results. If there is less than half a percentage point of difference between the vote totals of Biden and Trump, state law dictates that a recount must take place. By state law, counties must submit unofficial returns to the state on Tuesday and, after a period to allow recounts, certify their results to the state on November 23. Learn more about AP Archive: Twitter: Facebook: Google+: Tumblr: Instagram: You can license this story through AP Archive :.

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