Commissioners Lay Out Plan For Ballot Counting Procedures

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WARREN, Pa. – One-hundred percent of the election results for ballots cast at Warren County’s 33 precincts will be reported on Election Night. 

(Warren County Commissioner Jeff Eggleston discusses ballot counting procedures for the 2020 general election at Wednesday’s Board of Electors meeting.) 

With election day rapidly approaching on Nov. 3, the Warren County Commissioners laid out ballot counting procedures for the 2020 general election at their County Board of Elections meetings on Wednesday at the Warren County Courthouse.

“Lisa Rivett (Warren County Elections Director) and I got together and hammered out the liability of counting ballots,” said Warren County Commissioner Jeff Eggleston. “The procedure has been written.”

For in-person voting, either by machine or paper ballot, the Judge of Elections or a Sheriff’s Deputy for each precinct will carry the ballot boxes to the Election Department in the Courthouse, where they will be counted. 

For absentee and mail-in balloting, those received prior to Nov. 3 will be scanned into the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors (SURE) system, sorted by precinct and kept in a secure location at the Courthouse. 

Ballots received on election day will not be processed until the day after and those received on Nov. 4 and 6 will be processed as long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3

“Two members of the staff, one Republican and one Democrat, will review each signed envelope and make sure there is a postmark,” noted Eggleston. 

As for mail-in ballot tabulation for ballots received after Nov. 3, that process will begin the following day on Nov. 4.

“Three two-person teams will be handling an individual precinct at a time,” Eggleston said. “The Supreme Court decided they could be received until the end of the day Friday, as long as they are postmarked by election day. The goal is to keep them separated.”