It’s been almost 24 hours since the polls closed here in Pennsylvania and some counties still do not have all their votes counted for. But in Cambria County, they finished counting this afternoon.
As of Wednesday afternoon, all mail-in and absentee ballots in Cambria County that were received by 8pm on election day have been counted for, which is over 17 thousand of the votes.
Nearly 25% of the votes counted in Cambria County came by mail-in and absentee ballots. Which called for more patience and volunteers.
“I think things went relatively well. But it seemed like we got a lot done out at the polls as well as here by counting the mail-in and absentees that came in,” said Cambria county’s director of elections, Shirley Crowl.
It took about 16 hours after the polls closed on election day for the county to reach a total tally of votes.
“We had six teams of two together and we opened, started at 7 o’clock yesterday. We have them done at this point,” said Crowl.
Along with a record number of ballots sent in by mail, Cambria county also saw a dramatic increase in people casting their vote with a voter turnout at 79.13%.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had a turnout that large. The last presidential I think we were close to 70%. We didn’t have the mail-ins and I think that’s a large contributing factor,” said Crowl.
Even with a total of 69,826 votes counted, there are still other ballots that could come into play. Like the close to 900 provisional ballots and votes casted by military men and women via email.