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  • has been public reported.

  • That's really all we have at this point.

  • So and I can't talk about active litigation, Unfortunately, so you know you could.

  • But as things air filed, of course, those will be publicly accessible.

  • You have attorneys, they're gonna handle that.

  • You're bringing in somebody from the outside of who would that be?

  • We have a mix of.

  • I mean, what we've been doing all along with all the litigation that's been flying this year is we have a mix of in house and outside counsel.

  • Plus, the Attorney General is also representing us in a number of these things.

  • So there's been a great team.

  • I have to say the the attorneys just gonna give a shout out to the legal team in the Department of State who have been really put toe work this year, and they're amazing.

  • So, Tim and cat and team, thank you.

  • But we also have tremendous teams of outside counsel who have been involved in all of this.

  • And as the governor said, we will.

  • We will make sure that every vote is counted.

  • Every eligible voter has the right to cast their vote.

  • How many counties are handling ballots coming in Tuesday.

  • Thursday, Friday.

  • How are they handling that?

  • Is each county setting them aside?

  • How is each county doing?

  • So you can go online to see our guidance.

  • And then last night, we also gave sort of more technical guidance, technical guidance to the counties, which we could afford to you.

  • Um, it basically it lays out the process.

  • You're talking about the late arriving ballots, so everything's gonna be segregated.

  • I'm not sure if you here yesterday, but the all those ballots will be segregated, but they will be counted.

  • And three counties have been given detailed instructions, which again you could find in those guidances toe walk them through how to segregate those races.

  • Those ballots.

  • Sorry.

  • Can you talk about the order in which those things will be counted?

  • I mean, are they Is that a county by county decision?

  • Can we expect to see those numbers being already reflected?

  • Or is that something that would get you later in the process?

  • Yeah, they'll get to I mean, so basically, it's going to depend, right?

  • There's some counties that already done counting their mail and ballots received before eight PM So those they're going to start sooner, but they won't be reflected on the website.

  • They won't be like intermingled in the website.

  • As you see it now they will be segregated, so But it is going to vary from county to county when they start because they're working on the other ones.

  • First website.

  • Well, I think stay tuned on that.

  • Yes.

  • So, on those segregated ballots, there were 500,000 ballots issued that hadn't been cast as of yesterday.

  • I'm sorry.

  • Can you repeat the question?

  • Right.

  • There were 500,000 mail ballots issued that hadn't been cast as of yesterday.

  • Is there a way for the state to determine how many of those 500,000 people chose to vote in person instead?

  • Or do we need to operate under the assumption that all 500,000 could come in before?

  • So all that will be trackable, but we won't have it today.

  • So basically, between provisional ballots and the poll books, and then, of course, the mail in ballots.

  • You know, as you all know, like only one vote can be counted for any voter.

  • So you'll be able to see all of that.

  • But it will take some time for that data to be quantified.

  • Yes, sir.

  • Last night, E thank you.

  • Your comment was that you didn't know how many mail in ballots had arrived yesterday.

  • Way know yet how many ballots arrived yesterday?

  • What is the number of I don't have that with me this morning, but check on check on the dashboard and that will be updated throughout the day.

  • Yeah.

  • Sorry, Jeff.

  • Oh.

  • Represented betting.

  • Hawk keeps raising this point about how ballots that arrived yesterday that can still be counted may not have a allege a bill postmark on them and raising questions about whether or not they should be counted or not.

  • And I was, he said, because of the prepaid envelopes that state provided.

  • E wonder if you could speak to that.

  • Sure.

  • So I'm not sure he may be confusing.

  • So anything that arrived yesterday, it doesn't matter whether it's postmarked or not.

  • Anything arrived yesterday is a valid vote.

  • That's what Pennsylvania law has always been.

  • Right?

  • So talking about the late arriving ballots.

  • So the postmark, first of all, the way we did prepaid postage in Pennsylvania is we went to the counties where they are so if they wanted it to be through their business.

  • Reply.

  • Mail.

  • USPS permit We did it that way if they wanted to literally have us reimburse them for stamps or metered postage.

  • We did, however they want, so some of them are not.

  • Even I don't remember how many, but we could get you that information.

  • How many counties air using business?

  • Reply male.

  • But those are still postmarked.

  • They have timing marks.

  • They're date stamped.

  • They're still trackable by date.

  • So it's a tiny fraction of any of those things, whether it's business, reply, male or regular mail.

  • I mean, we've all had that situation where you get ah, letter and it's not postmarked.

  • It's rare, right?

  • Same for business.

  • Reply Male.

  • They do what's called a timing marks.

  • So that's just it's not accurate.

  • They're all stamped.

  • No mark on it.

  • If it is one of those rare occasions, would it be counted?

  • So under the current under the current Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision, which is currently the law, yes, as long as it's there's no affirmative evidence that it was postmarked after November 3rd as long as it's received by November 6 at 5 p.m. It will be counted.

  • Yes, It's my understanding that the state's website is showing 18 counties with 0% mail in ballots counted.

  • Is that accurate?

  • If you have any insight into that, so you know what I would suggest?

  • Sometimes counties are uploading on their own websites and haven't transmitted the file to the Department of State because, you know, they have their own local races.

  • So I urge you, if you see any and this is what we're gonna be doing throughout the day, go to the county website.

  • You should always do that.

  • It's a great way to double check, but we're gonna be following up with all those counties to say, Hey, you know, make sure you get us the files.

  • Um, some of them, you know, this year because we had for the first time we had a website that was gonna itemize the mail in ballots from the in person ballots from the provisional some of the counties.

  • When they uploaded the results, it merged the two types into one, and that was just a formatted it wrong.

  • So we're working through that to make sure that the the actual attribution of this ballots are right.

  • Notice that there's a larger than expected number of counties that have reported.

  • Yeah, it doesn't mean that they haven't counted.

  • It may just be that it's just not uploaded to Department of State website.

  • Yes.

  • So I do urge you to check the county websites and see if that's available on their website.

  • Last thing.

  • I'm sorry if I could just double back and something if I heard you correctly in your introductory remarks, it was between 2.5 and three million mail in ballots.

  • Is that your roughly 50%?

  • If you could speak with as much specificity as possible regarding that, that would be helpful.

  • Well, I think, Yeah, the numbers that I gave yesterday, um, it was just under 2.6 million, as I recall.

  • But again, I'm not sure what has additionally come in.

  • But so, as of as of you know, yesterday at some point, it was just under 2.6 million that had been cast.

  • Um and that's when I think I said it was 83% or something like that.

  • So we can get back to again.

  • Go on the website.

  • You'll have that information available to you.

  • I just don't have it in my fingertips today.

  • Yes.

  • Can you tell us how many mail in ballots are upstanding on a county by county breakdown?

  • It's on the website.

  • Yep.

  • Go to.

  • So if you go toe the regular in our reporting website, it also tells you that you can click on the supplemental dashboard and you click on that.

  • It breaks down.

  • There's a tab for mail ballots that breaks it down by county.

  • How maney have been cast, how maney been counted and how many are remaining.

  • There's a tab for in person, um, precincts reporting broken down by county.

  • So I'll tell you how many precincts are in each county.

  • How maney are fully reported.

  • Um, there's a tap of provisional ballots, but you won't see those numbers yet.

  • Okay.

  • Okay.

  • Thank you.

  • Now.

  • Oh, yeah.

  • I want to cite Lancaster County because what they're saying is that if they count anything that you're authorizing them to segregate, they won't be able to go back.

  • If there's some ruling and remove those counts, what's your response to that?

  • It's not accurate.

  • And again we send an email to the county's Yesterday we spoke.

  • I think I said this yesterday.

  • We spoke to all of the voting system vendors.

  • It is absolutely feasible and not and not even challenging.

  • I mean, there are different ways to do it.

  • You can use different machines.

  • You can use different memory sticks.

  • You can absolutely segregate them.

  • That's not gonna be a problem.

  • So we reached out to that.

  • We send this email of the county's giving them instructions, advising them to talk directly to their voting system vendors.

  • If they don't comply, if they don't count, we'll cross that bridge.

  • When we get there, I expect them all to comply.

  • All right.

  • Thank you.

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