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2022 elections: Secretary of State Prime Minister says primary elections will take time | The state

Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State Lee Chapman is again asking residents to be patient with the election results, given the number of ballots in the mail and absentee ballots that are expected to be counted at Tuesday’s primaries.

Chapman said current state election law does not allow constituencies to start pre-campaigning ballots by mail and absentee voting until 7 a.m. election day, so those counts could take some time on Tuesday after polls close and personal counting.

“While we know that voters and candidates will want to know the election results on the night, ensuring an accurate and safe count of each vote is our top priority,” Chapman said in a press release.

According to the State Department, more than 805,000 Pennsylvania voters requested a ballot paper by mail, and more than 103,000 – absentee ballot before the primaries on Tuesday.

The Cumberland County Electoral Bureau said 17,867 voters had requested ballots, of which 13,979 had already been received by the constituency as of Monday morning. This figure is the same as in the November municipal elections last fall, when 15,657 ballots were returned to the constituency.

Although this figure is far from the 60,000 ballots the county faced during the 2020 presidential election, it took about two days to count the ballots in the county since the fall. The constituency had a final count of ballots by mail before the day after the election, although provisional and military ballots had not yet been counted.

Those who have requested ballots by mail or absentee ballot and who have not yet returned their ballots are encouraged to return the ballots in person to the district election commission to make sure they are counted. Ballots must be received by the constituency election commission by 8 pm on election day.

Voters who choose to cast their ballot must do so themselves. The only exception to this rule is that designated agents can manually deliver a ballot paper for people with disabilities.

For those who vote in person, polling stations on Tuesday will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. This year’s main features of the Republican and Democratic race are for governors, lieutenants, U.S. senators, a U.S. representative, a state representative and a state senator, and committee members. Voters appearing at the polling station for the first time must present a proper identity card, but a photo ID is not required for those who have already voted at their polling station.

For coverage of primary information, check the Sentinel website at Cumberlink.com. Sentinel will have results from Cumberland County as well as coverage of local competitions. Depending on when the constituency – and surrounding constituencies – will be able to count the ballots by mail, the unofficial final results are likely to be available later this week.

County results will also be available on the Cumberland County Bureau of Elections website at www.ccpa.netand the results of the state election will be available at selectionreturns.pa.gov.

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