York County says it’s finished counting mail-in ballots, but results don’t appear on state site

By: - November 4, 2020 6:15 pm

A state site that tracks the progress of Pennsylvania’s mail-in vote count indicates that more than a dozen counties have not tabulated any mail-in ballots as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, though one of them says its count is complete and the results have been sent to the Department of State. 

York County finished counting its 77,000 mail-in ballots on Tuesday night, at the same time it started reporting results from in-person voting, public information Mark Walters said. 

The county reported its complete vote count to the Department of State, Walters said. But the results from its mail-in ballots are not appearing on the state’s election results dashboard, which debuted on Tuesday night. 

“It’s a glitch and I don’t know why it hasn’t been fixed,” Walters told the Capital-Star. “But it’s not accurate.” 

Walters said the county first noticed the error on Wednesday morning.

An agency spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday evening.  

The state site indicates that Pennsylvania counties have tabulated nearly 60 percent of the mail-in ballots cast in the Nov. 3 election, with 1 million mail-in ballots to go. 

But it’s unclear if other counties are facing the same reporting lags as York, and if the actual number of counted mail-in ballots is higher than what the state is currently reporting.

The Department of State dashboard was designed to add context to the unofficial returns from the 2020 General Election. Department of State officials told reporters Friday they were finishing testing the site before it launched on election night. 

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Elizabeth Hardison
Elizabeth Hardison

Elizabeth Hardison covered education policy, election administration, criminal justice and legislative news for the Capital-Star from Jan. 2019-April 2021. You can find her on Twitter @ElizHardison.