Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh Chapman warned voters Wednesday that there will be delays counting election ballots and that the process will take days. Chapman says no final result will be posted until November 8th as Pennsylvania law says election officials cannot canvass the early ballots until 7 a.m. on Election Day. In an appearance on Meet the Press, she told Chuck Todd, “They need to ensure that they’re counting every vote, and delays in results does not mean anything bad is happening. It doesn’t mean ballots are showing up out of nowhere. It’s because of that restriction where we can’t start preprocessing or canvassing those votes until election morning.”
She continued, “”It’s really important for us to get accurate information about the election process in Pennsylvania. So voters and the public know that when there are delays in counting, it doesn’t mean that there’s anything nefarious happening. It’s just what the law is in Pennsylvania.”
It took Pennsylvania four days to count the ballots in the 2020 election.