Pennsylvania’s secretary of state on Sunday said it could be “a matter of days” before all ballots in the battleground state are counted.
Kathy Boockvar told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that 2.4 million Pennsylvanians have already voted by mail, and that she estimates there will be 10 times as many mail-in ballots than in 2016, meaning they’ll take longer to tally.
“I expect that the overwhelming majority of ballots in Pennsylvania, that’s mail-in and absentee ballots, as well as in-person ballots, will be counted within a matter of days,” she said.
“The counties are staffing up, have a ton of equipment, best practices in place, and are planning, for the most part, to count 24/7 until it’s done.”
The secretary of state also noted that “elections have never been called election night,” as military and overseas ballots have “until a full week after Election Day” to be counted.
“I just want to set that straight, that this is a process, and we want to make sure that every single vote of every valid voter is securely and accurately counted,” she said.
Pennsylvania law allows for mailed-in ballots to be received and counted up to three days after the Nov. 3 election.
However, Republicans, including President Trump’s campaign, have challenged the state law to the Supreme Court, which on Wednesday rejected a GOP request to fast-track the case.
On Sunday, Boockvar assured voters that mail-in ballots will be counted if they are postmarked by Election Day, and received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6.
“Ignore the lawsuits, ignore the hype. Get your ballots in today,” she said.
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