Lancaster Co. Board of Elections to consider delaying certification of votes after issues with Primary ballots

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — The Lancaster County Board of Elections will meet Wednesday at 11 a.m. to address delays in the certification of votes from the Primary. An error by the county’s vendor prompted workers to have to hand-count 12,630 votes.

In past elections, there were usually around 15,000 write-in names cast, taking about a week to enter results. This year, there were more than 33,000 write-in names cast.

That on top of the need to hand-count a big portion of those is causing some delays.

The Election Code says results should be certified within two weeks.

While the computation of votes for statewide contests and referenda has been done, workers are still tackling those write-in names for local races.

That’s expected to be done by next Monday.

The county has extended the deadline to next Thursday, June 10 with the final certification happening on June 16.

“Everybody should feel confident that we are doing the best that we can out of the circumstances to make sure everybody’s votes are counted,” Commission and Chairman of the Board of Elections in Lancaster, Ray D’Agostino said.

He also says this is a perfect example of why the state should give counties more time to canvass mail-in and write-in ballots.

The Department of State Bureau of Elections and Notaries says the county Board of Elections is allowed to approve these kinds of extensions when deemed necessary.

The vendor made three different mistakes with the county’s ballots this year.

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