Pennsylvania counties’ certified election results are due Monday

PENNSYLVANIA (WHTM) — Pennsylvania’s 67 counties must submit their certified election results to the Pennsylvania State Department by Monday, November 28th.

These results will then be sent to Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman for review before the vote is officially confirmed. On election night, Chapman said she would certify state and federal agency results “soon after” November 28.

On Monday, the Luzerne County Election Board failed to confirm its findings after two members voted against certification and one abstained because it wanted to provide answers to Election Day questions following a shortage of paper ballots.

More than 5.3 million people voted in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial election, with Democrat Josh Shapiro expected to succeed outgoing Governor Tom Wolf, according to unofficial results from the Pennsylvania State Department.

Unofficial results Monday morning showed Shapiro with 56.47% of the vote, making him the first gubernatorial candidate in Commonwealth history to receive 3 million votes. Republican Doug Mastriano received more than 2.2 million votes in his predicted loss to Shapiro.

Governor-elect Shapiro and lieutenant governor-elect Austin Davis will both be sworn in on January 17, 2023.

This year’s governor’s race is said to be the seventh consecutive race (since 1994) in which a gubernatorial candidate has won by at least 200,000 votes. It will also be the first time that Pennsylvania has had consecutive Democratic governors since 1955-63, and the first time that there have been three consecutive terms of Democratic governors since 1938-48.

In the US Senate race in Pennsylvania, unofficial results Monday showed Democrat John Fetterman receiving more than 2.7 million votes, or 51.23%, versus Republican Mehmet Oz’s 46.35% support, more than corresponded to 2.4 million votes.

Since Pennsylvania voters gained the right to vote for their U.S. Senators in 1914, there have been six races that came within 100,000 votes, most recently in 2016 for Pat Toomey, whom Fetterman is expected to replace.

The State Department reported that more than 1.4 million mail-in and mail-in ballots were requested for the Nov. 8 election. Approximately 83% of ballots were returned to district election offices by 8:00 p.m. on election day.