Vote-counting in Lackawanna County ends after two days of tabulation

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Pennsylvania primary was originally scheduled for late April. Besides postponing the election until yesterday, officials urged voters to cast mail-in ballots.

The response was so overwhelming, it required two days of tabulations here. It’s a day after Election Day like no other in Lackawanna County history.

“We had an enormous amount of mail-in ballots. We started the opening and scanning process yesterday but we had to resume it early this morning,” said Marion Medalis – Director of Elections, Lackawanna County.

Some 18,000 votes left to be counted, Then at 2:30 in the afternoon, a major accomplishment.

“So we just completed the actual scanning of all the mail in ballots that were returned back to us. Lackawanna County had purchased two high-speed scanners months before the primary,” said Medalis.

If there were no scanners, Glenn Howey, elections manager for Lackawanna County said “It would be the next election before we finished.”

Speed is good, but he says it’s not the main goal.

“Accuracy is important especially when we just doubled the amount of ballots from last night on election night, we just cast more than 24,000 mail-in ballots,” said Howey.

The official vote canvassing will remain on schedule for Friday. After that the Lackawanna County vote will still need to be certified.

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