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Acting Secretary of State reports on Pennsylvania midterm election


Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman reported that Pennsylvania achieved a relatively incident-free midterm election and thanked county election officials and poll workers for their tireless service.

"Election workers are the frontline heroes of our democracy. We are grateful for their work ensuring all eligible Pennsylvanians have access to the ballot and that every vote is counted," Chapman said. "Today, 67 counties supported 9,218 polling places where tens of thousands of poll workers worked long hours to ensure Pennsylvanians could vote."

Pennsylvania voters requested more than 1.4 million mail-in and absentee ballots in this election, and as of noon today, the counties had reported about 1.15 million, or approximately 83 percent of those ballots, were voted and returned. To count, mail ballots must have been received by counties by 8 p.m.

Chapman noted that it will take a few days for unofficial returns to be completed. As counties provide the Department of State with real-time updates of their vote counts, that information will be posted online at Unofficial results are due from the counties by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.