Will there be a Pennsylvania recount? Here are the rules.
The vote in Pennsylvania is very close, with Joe Biden holding a narrow lead in his bid for the presidency.
With the race being this close, the Associated Press has not called the race for Biden or Trump as of Friday morning. A Biden victory in Pennsylvania means he would have enough Electoral College votes to be declared the winner.
With the tight margin between the two candidates, a recount could happen. Here are the rules for a possible recount:
PA mandatory vs. requested recounts
In Pennsylvania, if the margin of victory is 0.5% of the vote or closer, a mandatory recount will take place. Candidates cannot request a recount but can appeal the “order or decision of any county board regarding the computation or canvassing of the returns of any primary or election, or regarding any recount or recanvass thereof.”
Individual voters can request a recount. In individual precincts or election districts, a recount can be requested if at least three voters make such a request in the court of common pleas. The deadline for a recount to be ordered is 5 p.m. Nov. 12.
Are Pennsylvania recounts done by hand?
In the event of a recount, the Secretary of the Commonwealth would order all county boards of election to conduct it. All ballot boxes would be opened and the “entire vote of the election district” will be counted.
The county boards must recount all ballots using manual, mechanical or electronic devices of a different type than that used for the specific election. This means paper ballots can be counted by hand.
The results of the recount must be recorded on form DSBE RE-CBE and transmitted back to the Secretary of the Commonwealth no later than noon the day after the county has completed the recount.
Under mandatory recounts, counties have three weeks after election results have been made official by the state to complete a recount. Under a requested recount, there is no set deadline.