The counting of votes in the presidential election continued on Thursday, and with no clear winner in sight, eyes are turning to Pennsylvania. With its 20 voters, the state is a major battleground between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and now the question of counting millions of postal votes is at the center of attention.
Pennsylvania is one of the few states that does not begin counting postal ballots until election day, with some precincts even waiting until Wednesday morning. The state is also struggling with a record number of more than 2.5 million postal ballots.
On Thursday morning, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State, about 763,000 postal ballots were counted. Officials said they were confident the count would be completed in Pennsylvania by Thursday night.
“We are actually ahead of schedule,” the Secretary of State of Pennsylvania, Kathy Boockvar, told ABC News. “I now believe that the overwhelming majority of the ballots will be counted by tomorrow [Thursday].
According to data from The Associated Press, Trump currently leads Pennsylvania with about 140,000 votes, with 87 percent of the votes reported. However, Trump’s lead of several hundred thousand votes on Election Day has narrowed, with postal ballots apparently in favor of Biden.
The Democrats believe that if more postal votes are counted, Biden will ultimately win the state that voted for Trump in 2016.
“I know there’s plenty of it in this state as long as these trends continue, and I personally believe Pennsylvania will have some leeway for the vice president,” John Fetterman, lieutenant of the Pennsylvania government, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has condemned the Trump administration’s “shameful” efforts to stop the counting of ballots through lawsuits, citing election fraud and rigged elections without any evidence.
“Pennsylvania will count every vote and ensure that everyone gets their vote,” Wolf said. “Pennsylvania will fight every single attempt to disenfranchise voters and continue to hold free and fair elections.
“Our election officials at state and local levels should be free to do their jobs without intimidation or attack. These attempts to undermine the democratic process are a disgrace.
“In Philadelphia, officials administer the elections with the utmost transparency. A live stream of the counting process is available throughout the counting process, and all parties have recruited observers.
“Pennsylvania will fight any attempt to undermine the election. We will count every vote”.