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Local Recounts

On Wednesday, Secretary of state Kathy Boockvar said a recount is possible but not inevitable, however local election officials I spoke with hope it doesn’t have to come to that.

According to the state’s recount rules, Pennsylvania has both a request and an automatic recount process.

Candidates can request a recount no matter the margin between them and the winning candidate. That request has to be made within five days of the election.

The state also requires an automatic recount when the statewide margin of victory for a candidate is less than or equal to 0.5 percent of all votes cast.

We spoke with Cameron County’s Election board to hear their recount protocols.

“The protocol would be to go through all the cards that we have received and check against the listings that come out of the precincts and the voting machines,” said Brenda Munez, Cameron County Elections Director.

Brenda Munez said they would check to make sure the results match.

“If it’s a total recount, then the state if they say we would have to do it by hand then we would do a hand count to make sure that every ballot matches what is on the sheet also,” she said.

Cameron County received 2,455 ballots for this year’s presidential election.

If they had to recount those ballots by hand, Munez said it would take a day.

“We did one recount a while back for the state, but it wasn’t a hand recount,” she said.

If the state conducted an automatic recount it would have to be ordered by the secretary of state no later than November 18th. The recount must then be completed no later than noon the following Tuesday.

“We certainly hope that we don’t have to do a recount, even though we’re one of the smallest counties hopefully things will go smoothly,” said Munez.

We’re unsure if a recount is going to happen, but we’ll keep a close eye on the numbers until the final counts on Friday.

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