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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