About 10,000 ballots were received in Pennsylvania between the close of polls on Election Day and the evening of Nov. 6 — a total too small to impact Joe Biden’s lead in the state.
Politico reported the additional ballot totals were announced by Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar on Tuesday.
Biden currently leads by more than 47,000 votes in the state, where ballots are still being counted.
Mainstream news organizations called the presidential election for Biden on Saturday, but President Donald Trump has refused to concede, alleging election irregularities in several states, and has gone to court over the outcome. Newsmax has not called the national race, instead waiting for the legal process to play out.
Politico noted the additional 10,000 ballots in Pennsylvania are the focus of a case in front of the Supreme Court.
Mail ballots are usually due by the close of polls on Election Day in Pennsylvania. But the state Supreme Court extended the deadline after Democrats, in a lawsuit, cited the pandemic and delivery concerns. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take action before the election. But Justice Samuel Alito ordered the ballots in question to be segregated and counted separately.
Boockvar also noted there were about 94,000 provisional ballots issued to Pennsylvania voters, Politico said..
“The counties have done an impressive job counting a record number of mail ballots and now are canvassing the provisional ballots, each of which must be considered individually,” Boockvar said.
Meanwhile, a postal worker who said the postmaster in Erie, Pennsylvania, instructed employees to backdate ballots mailed after Election Day has recanted his story, The Washington Post reported.
But the postal worker has said in a YouTube posting he has not recanted.
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