‘We Are Exactly Where We Said We Would Be,’ Pennsylvania Secretary of State Says

November 4, 2020 by Dan McCue
Chester County, Pa. election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election in the United States at West Chester University, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As the nation anxiously awaited the outcome of the 2020 presidential election Wednesday, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar advised the general public and a phalanx of reporters gathered before her to be patient.

“We are exactly where we said we would be,” Boockvar said, noting that all mail-in ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 will be counted, and that absentee ballots from residents living overseas and those serving in the military will be valid if received by Nov. 10.

Pennsylvania is one of five key battleground states in which the election results remain too close to call.

The others are Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Michigan.

How long the outcome in Pennsylvania will be unknown is anybody’s guess at this point.

Boockvar said that the state still has “millions of ballots yet to be counted.”

She went on to explain that in 2016 the state had only about 260,000 mail-in ballots, but this year elections officials are dealing with about  “10 times” as many.

That said, she also assured those listening in that voting in Pennsylvania “could not have gone more smoothly in the middle of a global pandemic.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, also offered reassurances to the state’s voters Wednesday, telling them to “rest assured … your vote will be counted.”

Meanwhile, vote counts dribbling in from the other battleground states suggest that the election is moving in former Vice President Joe Biden’s favor in both Michigan and Wisconsin.

“Keep the faith guys, we’re gonna win this,” Biden told a crowd outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del.

“We believe we’re on track to win this election,” he added. “It ain’t over until every ballot is counted … but we’re feeling good about where we are.”

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