Pa. counties will again be unable to process mail ballots early during state’s primary election

By: Marie Albiges

HARRISBURG — Local officials in Pennsylvania are facing another election without extra time to process mail ballots, likely leading to delayed results and putting increased pressure on counties reeling from the most expensive contest ever.

House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, and Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, told the New Castle News last week they likely wouldn’t consider any election-related legislation until after the House State Government Committee completes its 14 election oversight meetings, the last of which is scheduled for May 5, less than two weeks before the May 18 primary.

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Some counting continues, a week after Pennsylvania’s primary

By: Mark Scolforo

HARRISBURG — The counting from Pennsylvania’s first foray into mass voting by mail was wrapping up on Tuesday, a week after the primary, with the results of some of races still up in the air.

Elections officials in seven counties, including Allegheny and Philadelphia, were granted extra time to receive and tally the vote because of practical challenges posed by mass protests over police brutality.

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Primary was practice game for Pittsburgh-area counties

By: Julian Routh

Elections officials in the counties surrounding Allegheny started to relax Thursday after months of preparing to administer an election amid COVID-19 and days of counting thousands of mail-in and absentee ballots.

But to some, Tuesday’s primary was the appetizer. November’s general election, headlined by a likely matchup between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, is the main course.

The officials are looking at ways to prepare for an even higher turnout and an even greater influx of mail-in and absentee ballot requests — their assessments beginning with a postmortem of what happened this past Tuesday and where their process was flawed.

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