Northampton County ballots have been tallied, but Lehigh County is still counting

Written by on June 4, 2020

Northampton County ballots have been tallied, but Lehigh County is still counting

By Tyler Pratt

June 4, 2020

Pennsylvania polls for the presidential primary closed Tuesday night, June 2. Counties were hit by a surge of mail-in votes this year. As WLVR’s Tyler Pratt reports, Northampton County ballots have been tallied, but Lehigh County is still counting.

Northampton County’s top election official is Amy Cozze. She says all results, aside from counting some military and overseas ballots by hand, have been reported.

“With what happened in the fall we had to execute flawlessly and part of that execution included having election results on election night,” said Cozze.

In November, voting machine malfunction prompted a paper recount in the county. Cozze says she knew she would have to process tens of thousand of ballots this year— down to an exact science. 

“We did dry runs of how long it took to actually open envelopes and prep a ballot.”

Cozze says she calculated how many volunteers she would need and made sure she got them. 

In Lehigh County, election head Tim Benyo previously said he has trouble finding workers. Many who typically volunteer had dropped out in light of COVID. And as of Tuesday afternoon, Benyo said there are still thousands of ballots left to count.

“I know I’m accurately counting the votes in an organized manner that makes sure everything I do is accounted for and accurate,” said Benyo.

Both counties have 30 days to certify votes. Cozze says she expects to certify Northampton County’s election early next week. Benyo says that may take two or three weeks for Lehigh County.


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