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Tuesday is the primary election in Pennsylvania. Polls are open until 8 p.m. You can follow updates on this page. Click here to check election results as they come in.UPDATE – 8:05 p.m. Allegheny County spokesperson Amie Downs said there have been 90,909 mail-in and absentee ballots scanned. Another 467 ballots were received from the post office and as indicated in an earlier update, approximately 1,000 had been returned by voters to the County Office Building today. Those will be processed like all of the others and added to the total later today.UPDATE – 8 p.m. The polls are now closed. Anyone already in line to vote will be able to do so before the poll is closed down. Click here to check election results as they come in.UPDATE – 6:15 p.m.All morning mail has now been opened, scanned and added to the totals from earlier Tuesday, Allegheny County spokesperson Amie Downs said. As of 6 p.m. 90,753 ballots have been scanned. Downs said approximately 100 ballots were damaged in the opening of the envelopes. Those ballots are being recreated on the ExpressVote machines. Those ballots will be scanned and added to the totals when complete.A final pickup for mail-in ballots will occur around 7:30 p.m. UPDATE – 6 p.m.Polls are open for two more hours. Officials are reminding voters that anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.If you did not return your mail ballot and want to vote at the polls, bring your entire ballot packet, including both envelopes, to your polling place to be voided. Then you can vote on your county’s voting system.UPDATE – 5:30 p.m.An error by a company that prints ballots for several Pennsylvania counties made thousands of mail-in ballots unreadable Tuesday as voters were deciding hotly contested primaries for governor and U.S. Senate in one of the nation’s most important battleground states. Officials in Lancaster County, the state’s sixth most populous, said the problem involved at least 21,000 mailed ballots, only a third of which were scanning properly. The glitch will force election workers to redo ballots that can’t be read by the machine, a laborious process expected to take several days. Officials in the GOP-controlled county pledged that all the ballots will be counted eventually.UPDATE – 4 p.m.Allegheny County spokesperson Amie Downs said as of 4 p.m., 78,896 mail-in/absentee ballots have been scanned.”We estimate that there are approximately 350-500 which have been returned to the County Office Building today. Those will be brought to the warehouse after polls close and processed then,” Downs said. UPDATE – 3:35 p.m.Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s attorney general and a Democratic candidate for governor, cast his vote via emergency absentee ballot Tuesday.This comes after Shapiro announced Tuesday morning that he tested positive for COVID-19. In a tweet, Shapiro said “I just cast my vote for @AustinDavisPA … and I’m not gonna lie, it was pretty cool seeing my name on the ballot, too. We’ve got too much at stake in this election and I need a governing partner to help move Pennsylvania forward. Let’s elect Austin today — and win in November.”Shapiro had been scheduled to attend the election night party for lieutenant governor candidate Austin Davis in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.UPDATE – 3:30 pm.John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, is set to undergo a procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator, his campaign announced Tuesday afternoon. “It should be a short procedure that will help protect his heart and address the underlying cause of his stroke, atrial fibrillation (A-fib), by regulating his heart rate and rhythm,” his campaign said.The procedure comes days after Fetterman announced that he was recovering from a stroke he suffered late last week. UPDATE – 2:30 p.m. Allegheny County spokesperson Amie Downs said the 14 trays of mail received on Tuesday from the post office had 5,234 ballots. She said they have all been date/time stamped and are being entered into the SURE system and then being processed. Downs said as of 2:20 p.m., there have been 40,551 ballots scanned. Regarding in-person voting, Downs said elections continued to respond to requests from polling places. She said a few reports of concerns outside of polling places have come in but all have been resolved: Campaign volunteers in Pine were campaigning too close to a polling place and were asked to move back from the location In Richland, a utility closed a road near a polling place; one-lane access was restored In Pittsburgh, a tree cutting crew was obstructing a polling place and had to be movedUPDATE – 1:45 p.m.Lt. Gov. John Fetterman cast his vote via emergency absentee ballot Tuesday. His campaign released a photo of the Senate hopeful filling out his ballot. Fetterman is recovering in a Lancaster hospital after suffering a stroke late last week. The 52-year-old Fetterman insisted the health emergency wasn’t slowing his campaign and that he was on his way to a full recovery. UPDATE – 1 p.m.In White Oak, voters and the local fire chief said the polling place at the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Company was late to open.”Polls were supposed to be open. Nobody was here,” Brandon Schmidt said. “Then people start calling me, because I’m the fire chief, assuming that we have something to do with the elections. We don’t, but now it kind of looks bad for the fire company.”Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 has reached out to Allegheny County officials, who said they were unaware of issues at the White Oak voting location and are checking into it.UPDATE – 12:15 p.m.Primary candidates in the 12th Congressional District were also casting their votes Tuesday.Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 caught up with Democrats Jerry Dickinson and Steve Irwin at their polling places in Swissvale and Squirrel Hill. (Watch the video below.)Other Democrats in the 12th District race are Summer Lee, William Parker and Jeff Woodard. The lone Republican candidate is Mike Doyle, no relation to the current congressman.UPDATE – 12 p.m.Allegheny County spokesperson Amie Downs tells Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that 4,500 to 5,000 mail-in ballots had been received as of Tuesday morning. The mail is being both date and time-stamped and then election officials will start logging the receipt of those ballots.Scanning of ballots began at 11 a.m., Downs said, as did the recreation of any ballots that were damaged during the opening process. Three authorized representatives are in the warehouse observing the process. The county has also received calls from a number of people reporting that polling places are running low on ballots. Each request for additional ballots is being fulfilled with polling place coordinators, Downs said.UPDATE – 11:30 a.m.Pennsylvania Second Lady Gisele Fetterman voted in Braddock Tuesday morning while Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic front-runner in the state’s U.S. Senate race, continued to recover from a stroke.”He’s inpatient,” Gisele Fetterman said of her husband, who was being treated at a Lancaster hospital. “Of course, he wants to go home and be with the kids and be out back on the road. But you know, doctor’s orders and my orders. I am not letting that happen.” One of Fetterman’s Democratic primary opponents, U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, voted with his family at a polling place in Mt. Lebanon.”There’s different energy in different parts of the state, and I have just been really gratified that people have given me a shot everywhere we’ve gone,” Lamb said.Both candidates are hoping to expand the party’s narrow majority in the Senate, with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey not seeking another term.UPDATE – 10:30 a.m.Allegheny County elections workers have opened all privacy envelopes, and they are now extracting, opening and flattening the mail-in and absentee ballots, a county spokesperson said.Three authorized representatives were observing the process at the county’s election warehouse, county spokeswoman Amie Downs said via email.The county said it had received 86,515 mail ballots as of 4 p.m. Monday.In Ross Township, a polling place in Ross Township that remained closed as of 8 a.m. is now open.”The person who was to open the building arrived to let elections officials into the building shortly before 9 a.m.,” Downs said in the email. “Elections was notified of the issue before 7 a.m. and was pursuing all options, up to and including contacting the courts for an order to have the sheriffs enter the building when the authorized individual showed up to open it.”UPDATE – 8:30 a.m.The Allegheny County Elections Division was responding to reports of late openings at some polling places as voters began to head to the polls for the Pennsylvania primary election on Tuesday morning.”For in-person voting, as is usual with 1,323 polling places, we have had reports of several late opens at polling places in Pittsburgh, East Pittsburgh, West Deer and Monroeville. Elections (Division) is responding to each of them,” county spokeswoman Amie Downs said in an email update shortly after 8 a.m.”A location in Tarentum was not opened by the building owner/manager until late, and a second location in Ross has still not opened as Elections has been unable to reach someone to open the polling place,” the update said. “We also received a number of call offs due to COVID and have deployed workers from the bullpen to assist in those locations.”Workers have begun pre-canvassing of mail-in and absentee ballots at the county’s elections warehouse. As of 8 a.m., Downs said they were about two-thirds of the way through the opening of the declaration envelopes.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tuesday is the primary election in Pennsylvania. Polls are open until 8 p.m. You can follow updates on this page.

Click here to check election results as they come in.

UPDATE – 8:05 p.m.

Allegheny County spokesperson Amie Downs said there have been 90,909 mail-in and absentee ballots scanned.

Another 467 ballots were received from the post office and as indicated in an earlier update, approximately 1,000 had been returned by voters to the County Office Building today. Those will be processed like all of the others and added to the total later today.

UPDATE – 8 p.m.

The polls are now closed. Anyone already in line to vote will be able to do so before the poll is closed down.

Click here to check election results as they come in.


UPDATE – 6:15 p.m.

All morning mail has now been opened, scanned and added to the totals from earlier Tuesday, Allegheny County spokesperson Amie Downs said. As of 6 p.m. 90,753 ballots have been scanned.

Downs said approximately 100 ballots were damaged in the opening of the envelopes. Those ballots are being recreated on the ExpressVote machines. Those ballots will be scanned and added to the totals when complete.

A final pickup for mail-in ballots will occur around 7:30 p.m.

UPDATE – 6 p.m.

Polls are open for two more hours.

Officials are reminding voters that anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

If you did not return your mail ballot and want to vote at the polls, bring your entire ballot packet, including both envelopes, to your polling place to be voided. Then you can vote on your county’s voting system.

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UPDATE – 5:30 p.m.

An error by a company that prints ballots for several Pennsylvania counties made thousands of mail-in ballots unreadable Tuesday as voters were deciding hotly contested primaries for governor and U.S. Senate in one of the nation’s most important battleground states.

Officials in Lancaster County, the state’s sixth most populous, said the problem involved at least 21,000 mailed ballots, only a third of which were scanning properly. The glitch will force election workers to redo ballots that can’t be read by the machine, a laborious process expected to take several days. Officials in the GOP-controlled county pledged that all the ballots will be counted eventually.

UPDATE – 4 p.m.

Allegheny County spokesperson Amie Downs said as of 4 p.m., 78,896 mail-in/absentee ballots have been scanned.

We estimate that there are approximately 350-500 which have been returned to the County Office Building today. Those will be brought to the warehouse after polls close and processed then,” Downs said.

UPDATE – 3:35 p.m.

Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s attorney general and a Democratic candidate for governor, cast his vote via emergency absentee ballot Tuesday.

This comes after Shapiro announced Tuesday morning that he tested positive for COVID-19.

In a tweet, Shapiro said “I just cast my vote for @AustinDavisPA … and I’m not gonna lie, it was pretty cool seeing my name on the ballot, too. We’ve got too much at stake in this election and I need a governing partner to help move Pennsylvania forward. Let’s elect Austin today — and win in November.”

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Shapiro had been scheduled to attend the election night party for lieutenant governor candidate Austin Davis in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.

UPDATE – 3:30 pm.

John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, is set to undergo a procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator, his campaign announced Tuesday afternoon.

“It should be a short procedure that will help protect his heart and address the underlying cause of his stroke, atrial fibrillation (A-fib), by regulating his heart rate and rhythm,” his campaign said.

The procedure comes days after Fetterman announced that he was recovering from a stroke he suffered late last week.

UPDATE – 2:30 p.m.

Allegheny County spokesperson Amie Downs said the 14 trays of mail received on Tuesday from the post office had 5,234 ballots. She said they have all been date/time stamped and are being entered into the SURE system and then being processed.

Downs said as of 2:20 p.m., there have been 40,551 ballots scanned.

Regarding in-person voting, Downs said elections continued to respond to requests from polling places.

She said a few reports of concerns outside of polling places have come in but all have been resolved:

  • Campaign volunteers in Pine were campaigning too close to a polling place and were asked to move back from the location
  • In Richland, a utility closed a road near a polling place; one-lane access was restored
  • In Pittsburgh, a tree cutting crew was obstructing a polling place and had to be moved

UPDATE – 1:45 p.m.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman cast his vote via emergency absentee ballot Tuesday. His campaign released a photo of the Senate hopeful filling out his ballot. Fetterman is recovering in a Lancaster hospital after suffering a stroke late last week.

The 52-year-old Fetterman insisted the health emergency wasn’t slowing his campaign and that he was on his way to a full recovery.

UPDATE – 1 p.m.

In White Oak, voters and the local fire chief said the polling place at the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Company was late to open.

“Polls were supposed to be open. Nobody was here,” Brandon Schmidt said. “Then people start calling me, because I’m the fire chief, assuming that we have something to do with the elections. We don’t, but now it kind of looks bad for the fire company.”

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 has reached out to Allegheny County officials, who said they were unaware of issues at the White Oak voting location and are checking into it.

UPDATE – 12:15 p.m.

Primary candidates in the 12th Congressional District were also casting their votes Tuesday.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 caught up with Democrats Jerry Dickinson and Steve Irwin at their polling places in Swissvale and Squirrel Hill. (Watch the video below.)

Other Democrats in the 12th District race are Summer Lee, William Parker and Jeff Woodard.

The lone Republican candidate is Mike Doyle, no relation to the current congressman.

UPDATE – 12 p.m.

Allegheny County spokesperson Amie Downs tells Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that 4,500 to 5,000 mail-in ballots had been received as of Tuesday morning. The mail is being both date and time-stamped and then election officials will start logging the receipt of those ballots.

Scanning of ballots began at 11 a.m., Downs said, as did the recreation of any ballots that were damaged during the opening process. Three authorized representatives are in the warehouse observing the process.

The county has also received calls from a number of people reporting that polling places are running low on ballots. Each request for additional ballots is being fulfilled with polling place coordinators, Downs said.

UPDATE – 11:30 a.m.

Pennsylvania Second Lady Gisele Fetterman voted in Braddock Tuesday morning while Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic front-runner in the state’s U.S. Senate race, continued to recover from a stroke.

“He’s inpatient,” Gisele Fetterman said of her husband, who was being treated at a Lancaster hospital. “Of course, he wants to go home and be with the kids and be out back on the road. But you know, doctor’s orders and my orders. I am not letting that happen.”

One of Fetterman’s Democratic primary opponents, U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, voted with his family at a polling place in Mt. Lebanon.

“There’s different energy in different parts of the state, and I have just been really gratified that people have given me a shot everywhere we’ve gone,” Lamb said.

Both candidates are hoping to expand the party’s narrow majority in the Senate, with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey not seeking another term.

UPDATE – 10:30 a.m.

Allegheny County elections workers have opened all privacy envelopes, and they are now extracting, opening and flattening the mail-in and absentee ballots, a county spokesperson said.

Three authorized representatives were observing the process at the county’s election warehouse, county spokeswoman Amie Downs said via email.

The county said it had received 86,515 mail ballots as of 4 p.m. Monday.

In Ross Township, a polling place in Ross Township that remained closed as of 8 a.m. is now open.

“The person who was to open the building arrived to let elections officials into the building shortly before 9 a.m.,” Downs said in the email. “Elections was notified of the issue before 7 a.m. and was pursuing all options, up to and including contacting the courts for an order to have the sheriffs enter the building when the authorized individual showed up to open it.”

UPDATE – 8:30 a.m.

The Allegheny County Elections Division was responding to reports of late openings at some polling places as voters began to head to the polls for the Pennsylvania primary election on Tuesday morning.

“For in-person voting, as is usual with 1,323 polling places, we have had reports of several late opens at polling places in Pittsburgh, East Pittsburgh, West Deer and Monroeville. Elections (Division) is responding to each of them,” county spokeswoman Amie Downs said in an email update shortly after 8 a.m.

“A location in Tarentum was not opened by the building owner/manager until late, and a second location in Ross has still not opened as Elections has been unable to reach someone to open the polling place,” the update said. “We also received a number of call offs due to COVID and have deployed workers from the bullpen to assist in those locations.”

Workers have begun pre-canvassing of mail-in and absentee ballots at the county’s elections warehouse. As of 8 a.m., Downs said they were about two-thirds of the way through the opening of the declaration envelopes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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