Election 2020 Live Blog – 90.5 WESA

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Wednesday, November 4

7:00 p.m. - Demonstrators gather Downtown to demand that every ballot be counted in Pa.

The state has been a main focus of the 2020 Election, as ballots are still being counted to determine which presidential candidate will earn the commonwealths 20 electoral votes.

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6:23 p.m. - County scans additional 29,000 ballots

Allegheny County officials have scanned an additional 29,008 ballots since the last update which brings todays total to 93,699 and the number of ballots cast in the county to 633,468, according to a release. Today,525 returned ballots that were postmarked on or before Election Day that were received.

5:31 p.m. - Election Protection Coalition said some voters ran into a few issues during Election Day

During a news conference on Wednesday, the Coalition said problems included delays in the opening of some polls, language interpretation access, and the presence of armed constables at polling locations. Salewa Ogunmefun with the Center for Popular Democracy, says voter identification was an issue across the state.

All of poll workers in various places throughout the state, they were asking for IDs and we heard from voters that it made a lot of people uncomfortable, Ogunmefun said. And there were a lot of situations we were able to have that resolved. But there were also some situations that that wasnt able to be resolved.

She said many of those asked to show ID were migrant voters, and Ogunmefun says officials claimed it was because they couldnt understand the persons name. The Election Protection coalition consists of over a dozen organizations throughout Pennsylvania.

5:12 p.m. - Pennsylvania chips away at 1M vote count amid Trump lawsuit

Election workers across Pennsylvania are chipping away at more than 1 million uncounted mail ballots. The nation is awaiting results in a presidential battleground whose trove of 20 electoral votes remained the largest prize yet to be called for President Donald Trump or native son Joe Biden.

The Trump campaign says it sued Wednesday to temporarily stop the count over what it called a lack of transparency.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf condemned the suit as a disgraceful attempt to undermine the election. State officials are counseling patience even as they said a winner might not be known for days.

3:52 p.m. - Downtown demonstrators demand that each vote be counted

Protesters are gathering this hour at the City-County building in downtown Pittsburgh to demand that every vote in Pennsylvania be counted. President Trump declared victory early this morning with millions of votes in multiple states uncounted. State officials have directed elections offices across the Commonwealth to count every vote and have asked for the public to remain patient. Counting ballots in Pennsylvania is expected to continue beyond Friday.

Im Downtown at the City-County building where a rally is getting underway. Folks here are demanding every ballot is counted as all eyes are fixed on Pennsylvanias 20 electoral votes. The Trump campaign says its suing to stop the vote count in Pennsylvania. @905wesa pic.twitter.com/P3cxTdxFrt

Kiley Koscinski (@kileykoscinski) November 4, 2020

3:37 p.m. - Trump campaign wants to stop vote count in Pa.

President Donald Trumps campaign says its suing to temporarily stop the vote count in Pennsylvania, claiming lack of transparency.

Justin Clark, Trumps deputy campaign manager, said in a statement Wednesday that the campaign is suing to stop Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing from our Republican poll observers. He said the campaign wants to temporarily halt counting until there is meaningful transparency and Republicans can ensure all counting is done above board and by the law.

Clark also said the campaign would seek to intervene in an ongoing Supreme Court case involving the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots.

There have been no reports of fraud or any type of ballot concerns out of Pennsylvania. The state had more than 3.1 million mail-in ballots that take time to count, and an order allows them to be counted up until Friday if they are postmarked by Nov. 3.

The Associated Press has not yet called Pennsylvania. Democrat Joe Biden currently has 248 electoral votes, while Trump has 214. It takes 270 to win the presidency.

3:22 p.m. - Tuesday's election results are trickling in

In Allegheny County, officials have reported just a fraction of the county's remaining 173,000 mail-in ballots today. A spokesperson says ballot scanners are jamming, which is forcing workers to scan ballots in smaller batches.

Officials say theyll work until all mail-in ballots are counted. But results will still be incomplete: The county won't begin to address provisional ballots and thousands of reissued ballots until later this week.

3:09 p.m. - Pennsylvania remains among the few states still counting votes

The Associated Press considers the race here too close to call.

Data from the Department of State shows more than half of the commonwealth's two and a half million mail-in ballots have been counted.

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says she expects counting will continue through Friday, the deadline for non-military mail-in ballots to be received at county election offices.

Gov. Tom Wolf is among the officials urging Pennsylvanians to be patient.

"The promise of democracy is that every vote counts, and that has been the promise of democracy since 1787 and it's still the promise of democracy, and I intend here in Pennsylvania to make sure we keep that promise, Wolf said.

The question of whether and how counties should count late-arriving ballots remains a central issue.

Senate GOP leadership is calling on Boockvar to resign over the matter, saying she improperly told counties to separate but also count those ballots.

The Wolf administration is dismissing that call as a "partisan attack."

2:45 p.m. - Trump campaign to hold press conference in Philly

The Trump campaign plans a press conference in Philadelphia for 3:30 p.m., to be attended by Eric and Lara Trump, campaign advisor Corey Lewandowski, and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

The campaign did not specify what the press conference would address, but it has already announced plans to seek a recount of the vote in Wisconsin and to file a lawsuit seeking greater access to vote-counting locationsin Michigan. The three Rust Belt states are crucial to the election's outcome: Biden appears to have narrow leads in the first two states, and counting of mail-in ballots is still underway in Pennsylvania.

1:55 p.m. - Allegheny County ballot counting going slowly

Allegheny County election workers continue to winnow their way through a pile of mail-in ballots they left unscanned when they went home Tuesday evening. But the work is proceeding slowly, and a complete reckoning may be days away.

In an early-afternoon statement, the county said it had resumed scanning ballots at around 10:30 a.m. By noon, workers had scanned 15,118 ballots -- less than one-tenth of the 175,417 of what they left in the warehouse (under protection) the night before.

Even when that job is complete, the county's task will not be over. Another 29,000 ballots were sent to voters this fall after they received ballots with races for districts they did not live in. The replacement ballots lacked envelopes with bar codes used to ensure each voter cast a ballot only once. The county must manually reconcile each vote with its voter lists in a separate process later this week.

The county is also unsure of the number of provisional ballots "and will likely not have those numbers for several days." During Election Day, there were anecdotal reports that when voters sought to exchange their mail-in ballots for a ballot at the polls -- a process called "spoiling" -- confused election workers gave them provisional ballots instead.

In the meantime, the county received roughly 500 new ballots in the mail today -- ballots presumably sent prior to polls' closing last night. The state Supreme Court has said such ballots can be accepted through Friday, but the U.S. Supreme Court has indicated it may review that position. The county said it would sequester those votes accordingly.

12:39 p.m. - When will we know the winner in PA?

As of Wednesday morning, the state's vote reporting process was only 64% complete. Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar hassaidthe "overwhelming majority" of ballots will be tallied by Friday.

Pennsylvania law requires officials to wait until the morning of Election Day to process mail-in ballots. The state accepts ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 as long as they arrive within three days.

Counties are taking a patchwork approach to counting absentee ballots. Seven said they would not begin processing ballots until Tuesday night or even Wednesday. The secretary of state's office encouraged those counties to move up their timelines.

NPR's Sam Gringlas and Bill Chappel break down what to expect in PA and five other crucial states.

10:37 a.m. - Allegheny County ballot counting process will likely take days

Allegheny County Elections workers are picking up where they left off at 2 a.m. last night. Officials said the count was paused because people had been working for at least 22 hours straight and needed to rest.

The county tabulated about 173,000 of the roughly 348,485 mail-in ballots (this total will grow) last night. Workers will continue with that process today. Officials and the Allegheny County Law Department will also begin reviewing mail-in ballots that were set aside for further inspection. These ballots are separated into categories such as: ballots with no date on the declaration envelope, and markings on the secrecy envelope that indicate party affiliation or candidate preference, according to County Solicitor Andy Szefi.

He said the ballot-counting process is expected to take days.

We've got a state supreme court decision that says ballots can be received through 5 p.m. Friday and right now that is the law, he said Wednesday morning. We have no choice but to honor that law. I know its tough for people to wait, people are frustrated by the wait, but thats currently the situation that were in. I would ask that people be patient, said Szefi.

Provisional ballots, and reissued ballots from the 28,879 voters who received the wrong ballots in October will not be taken up until Friday when the county Review Board begins examining and tabulating ballots.

11:18 a.m. Rep. Mike Kelly wins another term

TheAssociated Press has calledthe 16thcongressional district race for incumbent Congressman Mike Kelly, a Republican. Democratic candidate Kristy Gnibus conceded on Wednesday morning.

In a statement, Gnibus congratulated Kelly and said, Thank you to everyone who joined our grassroots campaign to help make phone calls, knock doors, and get out the vote. While this was not the result we wanted, none of this would have been possible without you. We still have work to do. Our fight is not over."

Gnibus, a high school teacher from Erie,hoped to flip the northwestern Pennsylvania district. Kelly was first elected to Congress in in 2010.

10:41 a.m. Ballot update

Allegheny County elections director David Voye says the ballot count was paused last night because people had been working for 22 hours straight.

Officials planned to resume counting ofmail-in ballots this morningin the 10 a.m. hour.

Important: votes from 28,879 voters who got the wrong ballots won't be tabulated until Friday, since the deadline for mail ballots (must be postmarked by 11/3) is 5pm on Friday. Once that deadline hits, those will begin to be counted. Info on that here: https://t.co/38L7UFB16h

Lucy Perkins (@lucyeperk) November 4, 2020

7:15 a.m. - Mike Doyle, Guy Reschenthaler re-elected to U.S. House

The Associated Press called the race in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, with Democrat Mike Doyle winning re-election.

Republican Guy Reschenthaler was also re-elected in Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district.

Tuesday, November 3

2:00 a.m. Allegheny County hits pause on counting

Around 1:40 a.m., county elections officials announced that they had paused counting for the night and would resume at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

1:05 a.m. Allegheny County runs into counting delays

The count in Allegheny County temporarily stalled late Tuesday night for several reasons. First, a transmission error with in-person votes occurred, meaning that regional hubs couldnt send in-person voting data to the central warehouse where results are uploaded. The county fixed this error by pulling voting data and re-uploading it.

The second challenge was with mail-in ballots jamming the scanners. The jams happened more often in the general election than in the primary. Thats because the county sent out ballots earlier this fall and voters sent them back soonerso those folded ballots had been sitting in envelopes for longer periods of time. The longer the ballots are creased, the harder they are to flatten.

Officials plan to count nonstop until all ballots are tallied.

12:00 a.m. - Ballots are still being counted across Pennsylvania this morning

A record number of Pennsylvanians registered to vote in the general election and many opted to vote by mail. Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar says the state is ready to help elections offices with whatever they need.

"We have our IT team available to the counties 24/7 for the next several days, Boockvar said. So we will meet the counties where they are and whatever they need we will have available for them."

Mail-in ballots received through Friday will be counted. More than 9 million Pennsylvanians registered to vote in the general election.

11:41 p.m. - City residents seem to vote in favor of ballot referendum

While many votes still need to be counted, Pittsburgh residents seem to be strongly in favor of a referendum that would give the city's Police Review Board more power when investigating officers. If passed, an officer could potentially face termination for not cooperating in an investigation. Those who oppose the referendum say they will challenge it in court if it passes.

10:54 p.m. - Wolf asks Pennsylvanians to be patient about election results

At a press conference this evening Gov. Tom Wolf warned Pennsylvanians that final election results might take longer to confirm than in previous years.

We may not know the results today, Wolf said. But I encourage all of us to take a deep breath and, as Ive been saying, just be patient. Whats most important is that we have accurate results and that every vote is counted, even if that takes a little longer.

Meanwhile, Allegheny County Elections Division Manager David Voye says the process of counting ballots is going relatively smoothly in the regions warehouse. Opening ballot envelopes, however, is going slowly than expected, and workers are having to fix machine jams.

Overall, Voye said the expects a 70-75 percent turnout of registered voters in the county.

10:37 p.m. - Mail ballot counting will continue Wednesday

Despite early optimism that the bulk of mail-in ballots would be counted by 8 p.m., Lancaster County Commissioner Ray DAgostino said around 38,000 mail-in votes had been counted an hour after polls closed Tuesday, just under 50 percent.

While scanners are working well, scanning 6,000 ballots per hour, the software reading the ballots is moving far slower than expected, making it unlikely for the county to have a clear sense of results until Wednesday.

A small crew will be working through the night at the county convention center to finish counting the remaining roughly 40,000 ballots that were received as of Saturday. A second batch of ballots, received Monday and Tuesday, which DAgostino estimated between 10,000 and 20,000, will be scanned tomorrow, likely into the afternoon.

DAgostino said aside from long lines at some polling locations, there were far fewer problems compared to the June primary.

We are on track for a record, he said, with voter turnout expected to be as high as 80 percent. Its just great to see such passion. Rebecca Moss of Spotlight PA

Butler County will likely not report final results until the Monday or Tuesday after Election Day, County Solicitor Wil White said Tuesday night.

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