In Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, which is primarily comprised of the city of Pittsburgh, the counting of ballots from last week’s election is still dragging on. This report from CBS Pittsburgh provides a revealing look into some of the “unusual” choices being made and how some of the more controversial ballots are being handled. Many of the remaining ballots are from overseas or from members of the military. (Those were being accepted until Tuesday of this week.) But not all of them.
They’re still dealing with a mountain of 29,000 ballots that were originally mailed to the wrong addresses due to errors made by a contractor assigned to assemble and mail them. Others had incorrect congressional race information on them and corrected versions had to be sent out a second time. All of those ballots are being compared to the lists of people who requested or already returned a ballot to make sure that voters weren’t using the spoiled ballots and that they hadn’t voted twice, either intentionally or through confusion over the double mailing.
In addition to all of that confusion, however, there’s another pile of more than 2,000 ballots that had originally been set aside. These are the ballots where the voter failed to put down the date that the ballot was completed as required by state election laws. Yet a vote was taken by three people from the Board of Elections office and they’ve decided to count those ballots anyway. Those were previously held back, along with roughly 17,000 provisional ballots having issues that needed to be resolved.