Provisional ballot count underway in Pa., Boockvar says

    In a statement Friday afternoon, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said that the majority of the state’s mail-in and absentee ballots had been counted, adding that election officials have begun counting provisional ballots.

    “Pennsylvania counties have been incredibly hard at work canvassing all the ballots to provide accurate results as quickly as possible following best practices and responsibilities pursuant to state and federal law,” Secretary Boockvar said. “We are very thankful to all the election officials working extremely long hours to make our democracy work and ensure that every qualified voter’s vote is counted safely and securely.”

    Provisional ballots must be adjudicated within seven days of the election to determine if they can be counted, according to state law. That process is done by verifying that the “voter is registered in the precinct in which the ballot was cast, and that the voter did not cast a mail-in ballot prior to requesting a provisional ballot at the polling place.”

    The Department of State said it will conduct a statewide risk-limiting audit to confirm the outcome of the election. The department noted that this was done after the June primary, as well.

    Cassie Miller
    A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.