Over the last several months, increasingly during the lead up to today’s election, Donald Trump has made many false claims about voting by mail and election security.
In any given year, ballot counting continues well past election night — absentee ballots, provisional ballots, ballots from overseas/military voters, etc. all need to be counted. This year’s surge in voting by mail will add even more ballots into the mix that need to be counted.
It is entirely normal for ballot counting to take days. It happens like this every year. Some candidates may call for counting to end and to have themselves declared the winner. This is not how the American election system works. In the United States, election winners are only declared after every vote is counted. The voters, not politicians, decide the winner of any election.
Again, it is entirely normal (and legal) for ballot counting to continue after election night. Republicans are trying to lead a voter suppression effort to invalidate your vote — but remain confident that your ballot will be counted, because every ballot will be counted.
If you believe there is something suspicious happening at your polling place, immediately report it to the PA Department of State (1-877-868-3772) and the LCDC Election Day hotline (717-723-9231.)