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What You Need to Know About Recounts in PA

After a roller-coaster primary night, there are lots of questions that remain to be answered in Pennsylvania races.

The most popular new question on Wednesday morning – will there be a recount?

Under Pennsylvania state law, an automatic recount is triggered if one candidate wins by 0.5 points or less. The secretary of state must order the recount no later than the third Wednesday following the election (June 1).

In the Keystone State, voters can also request a recount. There is no specific vote margin required. To request a recount, three voters of an election district must submit a signed petition to the county board that alleges errors in the vote totals. 

Petitioners don’t need to specify how an error happened to provide evidence of their allegations. All requests must be made within five days of the election (May 22). If the request is appealed, voters can petition the Court of Common Pleas.

Any recount must be completed by noon on June 7.

The last recount occurred in November 2021 in the race for the Commonwealth Court.

7 Responses

  1. PA Dems got their Dung heap, which will be ripe for losing in November general election!

  2. Let the hedge fund guy who made the big bucks from teachers pension fund the recount.

  3. A drawn out recount battle is the 2nd-to-worst case scenario for the GOP in the Senate race (who seemingly dodged the worst case w/ Barnette fizzling out a bit). Fetterman coasted on name recognition, and as such it will be crucially important for the GOP to “define” him, and start now. With Mastriano dragging down their slate, they have a real uphill battle (particularly if it’s McCormick, who doesn’t add any value to the eastern half of the state).

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  4. The requirement of not providing evidence of their allegations is obviously well practiced territory for many of these GOP candidates.

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