Pa. still has hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots to count; remaining votes could favor Biden

Written by on November 5, 2020

Pa. still has hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots to count; remaining votes could favor Biden 

By Jen Rehill

November 5, 2020

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Mail-in ballots for the 2020 General Election in the United States are seen before being sorted at the Chester County Voter Services office, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. Photo | Matt Slocum / AP Photo

Pennsylvania still has hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots left to count today as Democrat Joe Biden and President Donald Trump fight to the end for the White House. 

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More than 2.6 million mail-in ballots were cast in the election, a record for the state. Election officials are saying the count could wrap up tomorrow. 

In the Lehigh Valley, Northampton County finished its counting yesterday, but Lehigh still has more than 30,000 to go. Chief Elections Clerk Tim Benyo says they’ve brought on additional help to finish. 

“With the extra people, I think we’re going to make it today. That’s my goal.”

Counting is also continuing in Philadelphia and most other counties across the state.

Mail-in ballots have heavily skewed toward Biden, and could eliminate Trump’s narrow lead in the state. 

The Trump campaign and the Republican Party mounted several legal challenges to the vote count. One is focused on counties that allowed people to fix technical problems with their ballots, while another seeks to overturn state law allowing mail-in ballots arriving after Tuesday to be counted.

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