PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar revealed on Tuesday that roughly 10,000 mail-in ballots were received between when the polls closed on Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. and Friday at 5 p.m., the time window considered a grace period after a controversial state Supreme Court ruling.
Many of the 94,000 provisional ballots also mentioned by the Democratic official are still being counted, according to PennLive.com, and 49,000 ballots cast by mail and arrived before polls closed have yet to be tallied.
“The counties have done an impressive job counting a record number of mail ballots and now are canvassing the provisional ballots, each of which must be considered individually,” Boockvar said in a statement. “Millions of Pennsylvanians voted and made their voices heard in a free, fair and open election last week. I am so proud of the election officials and poll workers who worked tirelessly, amid a pandemic, so voters could decide this election.”
President Trump’s legal team is challenging whether those votes should be counted, claiming Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court overstepped its boundaries by saying votes received after Election Day must be counted.
Joe Biden, the presumptive president-elect after media outlets called Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes for him on Saturday, currently leads Trump in the state, with 3,376,367 votes, compared to the president’s 3,328,801 votes, a difference of about 47,500 votes.
In October, the Supreme Court declined to hear an emergency request from the state GOP demanding that no ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day be counted. In a dissent, however, Justice Samuel Alito suggested the court could revisit the case.
On Monday, the Trump campaign sued to block the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results, citing irregularities in the process and alleged incidents of fraud.