Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State speaks as polls close on Election Day

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (WHTM) – Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of State, Lee M. Chapman, held a press conference on November 8 at 9:00 p.m. to provide an update on the Pennsylvania general election.

Chapman reported that Pennsylvania had a “relatively incident-free” midterm election and thanked election officials throughout the state for their service.

“Election officials are the frontline heroes of our democracy. Chapman said.

While most ballots in Pennsylvania closed at 8:00 p.m., Luzerne County had a problem with polls remaining open until 10:00 p.m.

Several polling stations in Lucerne County required replenishment of paper ballots. County Attorney General Mike Boutella said voters had not been denied, more ballots were being delivered to all precincts, and polls were open for another two hours only in Lucerne County.

according to Pennsylvania State DepartmentAs of 9:00 a.m. on November 8, 83% of vote-by-mail ballots had been returned. A total of 1,439,579 ballot requests were received and 1,190,087 votes were returned.

Chapman touched on several typical Election Day incidents across Pennsylvania, including blackouts, gas leaks, and several polling places opening late. Everything was dealt with quickly.

“It takes a team to defend a democracy,” Chapman said. “Pennsylvania once again held free, fair and safe elections.”

Of the 1,190,087 votes returned, registered Democrats received 822,861 or 69% of the votes returned.

Registered Republican ballots accounted for 253,240 votes (21%) and third-party voters accounted for 9% of the returned ballots.

  • Number of ballot requests: 1,439,579
  • Democratic Ballot Applications: 986,540
  • Republican Ballot Applications: 303,438
  • Third Party Voting Applications: 149,601
  • Ballots Returned: 1,190,087
  • Democratic ballots returned: 822,861
  • Republican ballots returned: 253,240
  • Third-party votes returned: 113,986

The number of ballots returned does not necessarily mean that the vote was for Democrats or Republicans. Ballots will be sorted based on the applicant’s voter registration.

Mail-in ballots had to be returned by 8:00 p.m. on November 8, with proper signatures, dates, and an envelope in which the votes would be counted.

Unofficial results are expected to be submitted to the State Department by 5:00 p.m. on November 15, while county-by-county accreditation results are due November 28.

Chapman said the State Department expects more provisional ballots due to undated and incorrectly dated ballots.

The State Department will provide more information about mail-in and absentee ballots after November 8th.

Pennsylvania voters elect new governor, lieutenant governor and U.S. Senator, as well as all 17 state representatives, 25 of 50 state senators, and all 203 state legislators To do.

The State Department can obtain real-time updates on vote counts at: election

The Associated Press contributed to this report Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State speaks as polls close on Election Day

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