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Commissioners announce finalized vote count for primary election

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Officials have announced the finalized vote count in Greene County for the 2020 primary election, which included a total of 7,773 cast and counted ballots and a significant increase in the total number of mail-in and absentee ballots.

In making the formal announcement on June 5, Greene County Commissioner Mike Belding said those mail-in and absentee ballots — which were influenced by the changes of Act 77 — increased by approximately 3,000 compared to previous years. Total votes cast, he added, was “about average for a primary election.”

“Act 77 of 2019 made several changes to the Pennsylvania Election Code, and most noteworthy, at least to individuals assigned to the Greene County Ballot Counting Board, was the new write-in ballot process authorized by Act 77,” Belding said.

 

“Typically, Greene County receives 200 to 300 traditional absentee ballots per election. With the opportunity to participate in the new mail-in ballot process, an unprecedented 3,242 voters chose to mail-in their ballots rather than vote at the polls.”

Belding said the record number of mail-in ballots, along with the traditional absentee ballots, required the appointment of a ballot counting board consisting of six members chosen by the commissioners and sworn in by the board of elections.

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