State Department’s Election Results Website to Provide First Look at Primary Election Results –

HARRISBURG – Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman reminds Pennsylvanians of the Pennsylvania Department of State Election Evening Reports websitewhich will offer up-to-the-minute county results after 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,” Chapman said.

“The department will post unofficial results to the site as we receive reports from each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties after the polls close.”

People who visit can personalize their searches, receive timely updates, view results on mobile devices, use a location-based service through the “My County” link to instantly view their county’s election results, and log in to the each county’s election results website.

Chapman pointed out that Pennsylvania election laws currently do not allow counties to begin pre-screening mail-in and absentee ballots until 7 a.m. on Election Day, so the public should be patient as election officials take the time to count every vote.

“While we know voters and candidates will be eager to hear the election night results, ensuring that every vote is counted accurately and safely is our top priority,” Chapman added.

To date, more than 805,000 Pennsylvania voters have requested an absentee ballot and more than 103,000 have requested an absentee ballot ahead of the primary election.

Other voting reminders

Chapman also reminded Pennsylvanians voting by mail or absentee to return their ballot in person to their county council of elections as soon as possible.

With just one day until the deadline, voters are strongly encouraged to turn in their mail-in ballots, Chapman noted. Voters can check to find ballot drop-off locations and hours for their county. The deadline for county council elections receive postal ballots is 8 p.m. on election night.

Voters who choose to submit their absentee ballot must do so themselves. They cannot ask someone else to return their ballot.

The only exception is for electors with disabilities, who can appoint a proxy in writing using the designated agent form available at

Voters who did not vote by mail can vote in person at their polling station. Polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Voters who have requested and received an absentee ballot but prefer to vote in person at polling stations must bring their entire unvoted absentee ballot with them to be voided, including the security and exterior declaration envelopes. If a voter submits their entire postal ballot, they will be able to vote at the polls.

If a voter has requested an absentee ballot but has not returned it and does not have the entire packet to deliver to the polling station, they may vote in the provisional ballot at the polls on election day.
On May 17, voters registered as Republicans or Democrats will choose their party’s nominees for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, State Representative, and State Senator (in the half of the state’s Senate districts), as well as electing Democrats and members of the Republican State Committee.

All registered voters will be able to vote on all local ballot issues, and all voters in the 5th Senate District of the State of Philadelphia will be able to vote in a special election on Election Day.

Voters who come to a polling station for the first time must show appropriate IDwhich can be photo ID or non-photo ID.

For complete information on voting in Pennsylvania, visit services are available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

You can also call the Department of State’s toll-free year-round hotline, 1-800-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772), or follow the hashtag #ReadytoVotePA on social media.

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