The Department of State has created an election night returns website, which will offer up-to-the-minute results from counties after the polls close at 8 p.m. on May 17.
“Voters, candidates and the press can access this online resource, which provides the most comprehensive picture of how Pennsylvanians voted,” Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman said. “The department will post unofficial results on the site as we receive reports from each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties after the polls close.”
People can also find their county election results through a customized search. Select the “My County” link to bring up your county’s election returns and connect to each county’s election results website.
With mail-in and absentee voting, results will take time. Pennsylvania’s election laws do not currently allow counties to begin pre-canvassing mail-in and absentee ballots before 7 a.m. on Election Day, so the public must be patient as elections officials take the time to count every vote, according to Chapman.
“While we know voters and candidates will be eager to know the results election night, ensuring each vote is accurately and securely counted is our top priority,” Chapman added.
To date, more than 805,000 Pennsylvania voters requested a mail-in ballot, and more than 103,000 requested an absentee ballot ahead of the primary election.
Other voting reminders
Pennsylvanians voting by mail-in or absentee ballot can return their voted ballot in person to their county board of elections on election day before the polls close.
Voters who choose to hand deliver their mail ballot must do it themselves. They may not have someone else return their ballot. The only exception is for voters with disabilities, who may designate an agent in writing using the designated agent form provided at vote.pa.gov.
Voters who have not voted by mail-in ballot can vote in person at their polling place. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Voters who applied for and received a mail ballot but prefer to vote in person at the polls must bring their entire unvoted mail ballot packet with them to be voided, including both the security and outer declaration envelopes. If a voter surrenders their entire mail ballot packet, they will be able to vote at the polls.
If a voter applied for a mail ballot but did not return it and does not have the entire packet to surrender at the polling place, they may vote by provisional ballot at the polls on Election Day.
On May 17, voters who are registered as Republican or Democrat will choose their parties’ nominees for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state representative and state senator (in half of the state Senate districts), as well as elect Democratic and Republican State Committee members.
All registered voters will be able to vote on any local ballot questions, and all voters in the 5th State Senatorial District in Philadelphia will be able to vote in a special election on Election Day.
Voters appearing at a polling place for the first time will need to show proper identification, which may be either photo or non-photo ID.