Pennsylvania Secretary of State Certifies Presidential Election Results

November 24, 2020 by Dan McCue
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, right, speaks as Gov. Tom Wolf looks on during a news conference offering updates regarding the counting of ballots in the 2020 general election, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Bookvar certified the results of the 2020 presidential election Tuesday, after all 67 counties in the state certified their individual results late Monday night.

A short time later, as required by federal law, Gov. Tom Wolf signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joseph R. Biden as president and Kamala D. Harris as vice president of the United States.

“Today’s certification is a testament to the incredible efforts of our local and state election officials, who worked tirelessly to ensure Pennsylvania had a free, fair and accurate process that reflects the will of the voters,” Wolf said.

The certificate was submitted to the Archivist of the United States.

The vote totals were as follows:

Electors for Democratic Party candidates Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris – 3,458,229

Electors for Republican Party candidates Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence – 3,377,674

Electors for Libertarian Party candidates Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy Spike Cohen – 79,380

Boockvar said her office was “tremendously grateful” to election official in all 67 counties “who have been working extremely long hours to ensure that every qualified voter’s vote was counted safely and securely.” 

“The county election officials and the poll workers are the true heroes of our democracy, enabling us to vote in record numbers, amid challenging circumstances, so that every eligible voter’s voice could be heard,” she said.

Neither the Trump campaign or the White House immediately commented on the development.

On Monday, Jenna Ellis, a senior legal advisor to the Trump re-election campaign, said in a statement, “certification by state officials is simply a procedural step.

“We are going to continue combating election fraud around the country as we fight to count all the legal votes. Americans must be assured that the final results are fair and legitimate.”

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