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PA reports smooth election amid historic circumstances


An hour after polling places closed Tuesday, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reported that the primary election in Pennsylvania ran remarkably smoothly despite unprecedented challenges in the weeks and months before the voting.

“Today, we marked two major milestones in Pennsylvania’s electoral history,” Boockvar said. “For the first time, Pennsylvania voters could vote by mail-in ballot without having to provide an excuse, and they did so in impressive numbers.

“And all 67 counties have now deployed new, more secure and accessible voting systems with voter-verifiable paper ballots. I am extremely thankful for and proud of Pennsylvania’s dedicated election officials, poll workers and, of course, voters.”

Approximately 1.8 million Pennsylvania voters applied for and were approved to vote by mail-in and absentee ballot, which is 17 times greater than the number who applied for an absentee ballot for the last presidential primary in 2016.

For voters casting a ballot in person, poll workers across Pennsylvania provided safe and secure polling places. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the department furnished counties with masks and face shields for poll workers, along with hand sanitizer, floor-marking tape and other supplies. Voters were asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing.