Luzerne County manager gives Election Day update

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LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Election Day is finally here and many Pennsylvanians are heading out to the polls, but it didn’t start as smoothly as everyone thought.

When the polls opened this morning in Luzerne County, poll workers ran into a few issues, according to Luzerne County Manager David Pedri. In a press release Pedri says, “Most of these issues were technical in nature and were resolved once the problem was diagnosed. All polling places are open at this time.”

Pedri says it’s been a busy morning in Luzerne County with 129 polling places open.

Eyewitness News spoke to poll workers inside Luzerne County Community College. They say all but one of the machines are up and running.

As of Monday afternoon, the county had received approximately 52,000 completed mail-in ballots. They are anticipating up to 60,000 mail-in votes will be received by 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

Voters should expect a line and as long as they are in line at 8 p.m., they will be allowed to vote. In-person voting will continue until the last person has voted.

“As of 4pm the County has scanned in 54,892 mail in ballots. This does not include today’s mail or any from the steady stream of voters at the drop box today, so we are right in line with the 60,000 returned estimate,” said Pedri.

“Our County pre-canvassing staff is keeping their pace up all day. We estimate between 18,000-20,000 mail in ballot votes will be ready to be counted at 8pm this evening. We are seeing less than 1% of the mail in ballots have a “naked ballot” issue. If staff comes across a naked ballot, the voter’s party is informed and the party is contacting the voter. The County is informing the polling place that this individual will likely be coming in to vote provisionally,” said Pedri.

Staff will be counting mail-in ballots until 10pm Tuesday night. Wednesday, staff will start counting mail-in ballots between 8 and 9am. The election results website will be updated with their count every 2 hours starting at 10am.

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