Primary election results certified by DOS; The 117th GOP race hangs in the balance

After all 67 counties reported their results to the Department of State, Commonwealth Secretary Al Schmidt announced the results of Pennsylvania’s 2024 primary election on Friday.

“A thorough analysis of district election results shows that we had another free, fair and secure primary election on April 23,” Schmidt said. “As always, we are grateful to all county election officials who worked tirelessly to prepare and conduct a smooth election, and then diligently verified for weeks through two audits that all election results were accurate.”

Official voting results for all statewide primary races can be found on the Department’s website. All results are official except the race for the Republican nomination in the 117th Legislative District in between Mike Cabell AND Jamie Walshwhich is the subject of ongoing court proceedings.

Additionally, Schmidt announced that it is legally required to statistically recount a random sample of at least 2% of the votes cast – or 2,000 ballots, whichever is fewer – in the primary and risk-limiting audit (RLA) Democrats in the race for state treasurer confirmed the reported election result.

“The audits confirmed that the reported primary election results were accurate, a testament to the hard work of county election officials,” he said.

During this RLA, election officials from 27 counties hand-counted 60 batches of randomly selected ballots, for a total of more than 14,000 checked. Officials then compared that vote count to the original tally.

Schmidt said county election officials identified only two vote discrepancies between batches of ballots. Such discrepancies result from human error when manually tabulating audit results or from incorrect or unclear marks on the ballot, leading to subjective decisions about voter intentions.

This was the fourth statewide RLA for Pennsylvania since the Department issued a directive in September 2022 requiring counties to conduct pre-certification RLAs after each election.

In these 27 counties, at least one batch of ballots was randomly selected for RLA – Adams, Allegheny, Bucks, Center, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Delaware, Elk, Lancaster, Lawrence, Luzerne, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery , Northampton, Philadelphia, Susquehanna, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming and York.

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