In Pennsylvania, citizens in some counties are asking for recounts of election results. Some want an explanation for why just 37 minutes after polls closed on election night, the Department of State website reported that the results of the governor’s race had 4.2 million more mail-in ballots cast than the number of registered voters in Pennsylvania.
Others are requesting a recount based on problems they experienced at the polls and want confirmation that their vote has been counted.
Now is the time to make a recount request. Once a county’s Board of Elections finishes the computational canvassing, which is required before election certification, a five-day window for citizens to file a petition for a recount opens.
A minimum of three voters living in a precinct must pay a single $50 filing fee and make the request for recount in their precinct through the county’s Court of Common Pleas. Voters pay for the recount, according to state law. But if the recount reveals substantial error or fraud, the requesting voters will be reimbursed.
In Pennsylvania, at least 47 petitions have been filed for recounts according to statewide political operatives. Recount requests are expected this week in precincts in the following counties: Northumberland, Westmoreland, Allegheny, McKean, Beaver, Delaware, Washington, Chester, Cumberland, Butler, Montgomery, Clarion, Bucks, Monroe, Dauphin, Columbia, Warren, Blair, Lebanon, and Berks.
Voters Want Answers
In past years, election results posted on the Department of State website started rolling into the site an hour or more after the polls closed. It takes time for county precincts to get their results to the main county election center, to get those numbers totaled and sent to the state to be added on the website.
This year, with mail-in voting starting before election day, counties were allowed to start counting mail-in ballots on election day as soon as polls opened at 7 a.m. By the time the polls closed at 8 p.m., many mail-in ballots were counted. Once polls closed, the results could be made public.
At 8:37 p.m. on election night, the mail-in ballots in the governor’s race were 10.7 million for Democrat Josh Shapiro and 2.5 million for Republican Doug Mastriano on the Department of State website. Together, that is 13.1 million mail-in ballots for that race.
But according to Department of State data, there are 8.9 million registered voters in Pennsylvania. Of those, 1.4 million were approved to receive mail-in ballots for the Nov. 8 election. This means the Department of State’s original numbers showed 4.2 million more mail-in votes than registered voters in Pennsylvania, or 11.7 million more mail-in votes than approved mail-in ballots.
The numbers did not stay that way. Today, the Department of State website shows just over 1 million mail-in votes for Shapiro and 186,000 for Mastriano. Voters want to know what caused the earlier numbers to be posted on the results page.
The Epoch Times has contacted the Department of State for comment but has yet to receive a response.