Election officials in some states have called it a night and plan to continue counting votes tomorrow morning, while some Pennsylvania counties have not even started to chart their mailing votes for Wednesday morning. The mail ballot, which has broken records this year in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, is expected to support Biden, whose campaign encourages Democrats to vote early, while the Voting directly on Election Day could give Trump an edge.
Trump and his allies have repeatedly called for a quick check of the results so that a winner can be announced on election night, although officials technically have days or weeks to complete the total. formally before state totals are certified. But in three key states ̵1; Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – election officials are not allowed to begin processing absentee ballots until before or just before Election Day, after state legislatures are run by the Party. The successful Republican leaders opposed changing the law to allow for earlier preparations like the other states.
When Biden made a comment earlier on Wednesday calling for patience while workers continued to count, Trump incorrectly tweeted that the Democrats were “trying to ROT the election,” despite the tallying delay. is expected. Twitter quickly tagged the tweet, saying it was “disputed and possibly misleading.”
In Pennsylvania, where officials couldn’t start processing hundreds of thousands of ballots early until Tuesday, counties made their own decisions on how to prioritize favorites.
In Philadelphia, about 75,000 mailed ballots were counted out of the 350,000 that were returned late Tuesday, with another part expected to be tallyed before officials stopped at night, City Commissioner Al Schmidt said. Election officials in Luzerne County, a northeast district near Scranton, stopped counting mailed votes on Tuesday night and will resume Wednesday morning, according to county administrator David Pedri. He said the county counted about 26,000 votes by mail out of about 60,000.
Montgomery County, northwest Philadelphia, plans to count “24 hours a day until completion,” according to county spokesman Kelly Cofrancisco.
In Georgia, where the rules allow preprocessing, major counties still report backups and send workers home instead of completing the overnight count.
By 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, Fulton – which is the state’s largest county and including Atlanta – counted all direct ballots and stopped counting mailed ballots for the evening. Officials there plan to continue counting the absentee ballots at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Fulton County spokeswoman Jessica Corbitt told CNN late Tuesday.
According to Corbitt, as of Tuesday night, 86,000 absentee votes had been counted. According to data from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Fulton County had about 134,000 absentees who had not paid through Election Day electoral ballots, leaving at least 48,000 remaining counted.
Georgia also has other problems. Regina Waller spokesperson, county spokesman, said a pipeline explosion early Tuesday morning at the Atlanta State Farm Stadium above the processing room for all Fulton absentee votes, causing The counting of votes there was delayed. According to Waller, there were no damaged votes.
A suspicious issue with voting software has caused delays in tallying about 80,000 ballots by mail in Gwinnett County, east of Atlanta, according to a county spokesman. Officials believe the software misidentified holes in the way voters filled out ballots.
Mail ballots can also be a source of post-election legal struggles. Republicans filed a lawsuit against at least 1,200 absentee ballots in Montgomery County in favor of Democrats outside of Philadelphia. A federal judge will listen to the challenge on Wednesday morning.
Three Republicans who observed the mail-to-mail ballot process described to the federal court how they see absentee ballots with possible technical problems and believe officials. The elector may try to give the voter the chance to correct problem ballots that have caused them to be rejected. Republicans allege that the county started processing mailed ballots too soon and tried to allow voters to fix defects illegally, such as by adding envelopes inside them. short.
Also in Pennsylvania, Rep. Mike Kelly and others filed a lawsuit in state court on Tuesday night accusing the Pennsylvania foreign minister of illegally advising that provisional ballots could be offered to voters. tri is absent and their vote will be rejected.
Officials in states where the ballot was still left behind urged patience while the results were calculated. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, released a video on Tuesday night warning voters to “stay calm” while the vote count is taking place.
“Across the state, dedicated county employees are tirelessly prepared to ensure that everyone’s votes count,” Wolf said.
In Milwaukee, absentee ballots are being tally at a central facility, and the county’s chief election director, Julietta Henry, predicts them to be made around 5 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a spokesperson. . Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief electoral official, said: “There is no way, unusual shape or form, for jurisdictions to remain up to tomorrow morning.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who hinted in the weeks before the election that the vote count could last until Friday, predicted to reporters on Tuesday night that the state might “be able to see. see full results for every non-Michigan statistic over the next 24 hours. ”The pace in Detroit, where 120,000 absentee votes were tally counted by the end of Tuesday, underscores that the state is on track to complete it. The results were earlier than expected, Benson said.
Detroit Deputy Secretary Andre Gilbert told CNN that the city, the largest in Wayne County, will have unofficial results “possibly early in the morning”, with the day-to-day voting coming to an end soon and the quests. Absences take longer to take. Based on the final official report from the city clerk, about 92,000 absentee votes were still counted.
Technology issues in many states
Some states had other problems that resulted in delay in counting votes. In Outagamie County, Wisconsin, a suburb of Green Bay, polls on Tuesday worked to convert ballots from about 13,500 misprinted absentee ballots to clean ones that don’t jam the electronic board. the district secretary told CNN.
In South Carolina, a printing error delayed the tally of 14,600 absentee-mail ballots in Dorchester County, north of Charleston, until the weekend, state election officials said. Todd Billman, executive director of the Dorchester County Elections Organization, said the markings at the top of the ballot warn the scanner began to chart ballots too small for the scanner to read.
Election officials sent out a statement on Tuesday night saying they plan to re-run the ballots through the scanner starting Wednesday morning. If that doesn’t work, Billman told CNN, each vote would likely have to be manually copied by a poll worker using a touchscreen voting machine, with a witness observing the process.
Brandon Arrington, a county commissioner, said the death incident happened Tuesday in Osceola County in central Florida and the ballots were sent to the county elections office to count the votes. Arrington said he is not sure how delay this will cause or how many votes will be affected. Osceola covers the town of Kissimmee, just south of Orlando.
While election officials expressed concern about the challenges of voting during the pandemic, battlefield states reported that voting at polling stations was mostly smooth, only those particular incident. Michigan Secretary Benson said on Tuesday that “constituencies are quiet islands,” while Florida’s Broward County Election Supervisor spokesman said today “dull.”
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