Trump election press conference to be held at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia
President Trump says a “big press conference” will be held Saturday morning at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, a landscaping company in Philadelphia.
He tweeted the location and time – 11: 30 a.m. ET – after posting then deleting an earlier tweet that said a “Lawyers Press Conference” would be held at 11 a.m. at “Four Seasons, Philadelphia,” which seemed to suggest it would be held at a hotel.
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Ballot counting resumes in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County
Workers were expected to begin counting approximately 29,000 ballots in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County Saturday morning at 9 a.m. The ballots are from voters who received incorrect ones last month, and require special attention, CBS Pittsburgh reports.
The process is time consuming. Workers have to make sure no one has voted twice and the correct ballot is counted.
“If Jane Doe returned two, we put them both together. That way we can decide which ballot should be counted. And we’re going to segregate them and not count the wrong ballot,” said Elections Divisions Manager David Voye.
About 3.1 million applications for mail ballots were requested in Pennsylvania. Democrats requested more than twice as many mail-in ballots compared to Republicans.
Biden’s lead increases to 28,000 in Pennsylvania
Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania increased late Friday night to more than 28,000. It’s estimated there are 86,000 ballots left to be counted.
According to CBS News elections and surveys director Anthony Salvanto, President Trump would need 63% of the remaining vote to overtake Biden.
At least 100,000 provisional ballots were cast in Pennsylvania
A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of State said that 55 counties have reported they issued a total of 101,421 provisional ballots to voters at the polls Tuesday. Most counties only began counting provisional ballots today.
Provisional ballots are used at the polls when a voter’s eligibility is in question. These ballots are more frequently challenged and take longer to get through, and must also be checked against those who voted by mail. Some voters, for instance, may have requested absentee ballots, but then opted to vote in person using a provisional ballot.
Alito orders Pennsylvania officials to segregate and separately count late-arriving ballots
Acting on a request from the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, Justice Samuel Alito temporarily ordered Pennsylvania election officials to segregate ballots received between November 4 and November 6 and count them separately.
Alito also referred the issue to the full court.
In his brief order, Alito said the court “was not informed that the guidance issued on October 28, which had an important bearing on the question whether to order special treatment of the ballots in question, had been modified.”
Two men headed to convention center where ballots are being counted arrested in Philadelphia
Two people were arrested Thursday night after the Philadelphia Police received a tip that armed men in a Hummer from Virginia were coming to the convention center in Philadelphia where ballots are being counted.
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw told reporters on Friday that the two men each had a handgun, and there was an AR-style rifle in their car. The Hummer had QAnon decals on its back window.
District Attorney Larry Krasner cautioned that there was no indication of a larger plot afoot to disrupt the ballot-counting process. He also said that there was “no significant presence” of hate groups or white supremacists at the convention center yesterday.
“We do not have indications that the story is bigger than these two individuals,” Krasner said.
Biden edges ahead of Trump as vote counting continues
Joe Biden edged ahead of President Trump in Pennsylvania as vote counting continued Friday morning. As of 9: 30 a.m. ET, Biden had a lead of about 5,587 votes, with another 163,501 mail-in ballots still to be counted.
Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania shrinks to 26,319 votes
President Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania shrunk to 26,319 votes on Thursday night.
Joe Biden has pulled ahead in two longtime Democratic strongholds in Pennsylvania that Mr. Trump flipped in 2016. Biden is up by just over 1,300 votes in Erie, which Mr. Trump won by 1,957 in 2016. Biden leads by just over 850 votes in Northampton, which Mr. Trump won by 5,464.
Pennsylvania secretary of state: “We already have counted the majority of ballots”
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told reporters on Thursday evening that there are “several hundred thousand ballots remaining to be counted,” but added that “we already have counted the majority of ballots.
“Boockvar said that military and overseas ballots would be counted through Tuesday and said that provisional ballots need to be counted as well.
“It’s very close. Because it’s a close race, it’s not quite clear who the winner is,” Boockvar said.
Pennsylvania court orders counties to segregate some absentee and mail ballots
A Pennsylvania court ordered counties to segregate ballots from absentee and mail-in voters who were allowed to provide proof of ID after initially failing to do so on their mail ballots. The Trump campaign has asked the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court not to allow these ballots to count.
This is the second tranche of ballots that would be segregated. In a separate case, the state Republican Party requested that the U.S. Supreme Court review a state court ruling that extended the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots by three days, through November 6.
While the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request from the state GOP to expedite a review of the decision, it left the door open to a review of the segregated ballots after the election. The Department of State instructed counties last week to segregate but count these ballots received after Election Day.
Election official to give update on election at 5: 15 p.m.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar is speaking to reporters to give an update on the general election at 5: 15 p.m. today.
Earlier, she told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “It is looking like we’ll have the overwhelming majority counted by today.”
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Pennsylvania AG says voters will have a “better sense” of results today
With Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes still up for grabs in the presidential race, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro told “CBS This Morning” on Thursday the nation will have a “better sense” of where the state stands later in the day.
Shapiro told co-host Anthony Mason that the state’s top elections official indicated the majority of remaining ballots could be counted by Thursday.
Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar “indicated that the vast majority of those ballots would be done, counted today, so I think you’ll have a better sense where Pennsylvania is likely to land later today,” Shapiro said.
A win in the Keystone State would carry Biden past the finish line in the race for the White House, according to CBS News’ estimates. As of Thursday morning, CBS News projects Biden has 253 electoral votes and Mr. Trump has 213, with 270 needed to win the presidency.
Mr. Trump has already claimed he won Pennsylvania. Shapiro emphasized that’s not how it works.
“A candidate doesn’t claim something,” he said. “What happens here in Pennsylvania, according to the law – and it’s my job as the chief law enforcement officer of the commonwealth to enforce that law – is to make sure that legal votes are counted and then when they are, that the will of the people is respected, and that’s the process we’re going through right now, and so I think it really does a disservice to these community members who are doing the counting, does really a disservice to the commonwealth and the country to make those kinds of predictions or proclamations.”
Pennsylvania officials give election update
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is holding a press conference Thursday to give an update on the election in the state, which CBS News still considers a toss-up.
As of Thursday morning, Mr. Trump had 3,224,408 votes in Pennsylvania compared to Biden’s, with 91% of the expected vote counted.
The press conference was initially scheduled to be held at 12: 15 p.m. ET in Harrisburg, but has since been rescheduled for a time to be announced. Watch it in the player below when it happens:
Trump’s lead narrows in Pennsylvania
President Trump’s lead has narrowed to 182,561 in Pennsylvania with 1,066,963 mail ballots still uncounted. About 88% of the vote is in, and Mr. Trump currently leads Biden 50.8% to 47.9%. It’s a significant drop from late Wednesday afternoon, when Mr. Trump held a much stronger lead of 379,639 votes over Biden.
The ballots that are outstanding seem likely to favor Biden. They were cast by mail, and of the 3.1 million mail ballots requests in Pennsylvania, 63% were from Democrats, 25% from Republicans and 12% from other. It remains to be seen if there’s enough support for Biden among the million or so ballots left to surpass Mr. Trump.
State’s top elections official says vote count a “matter of days”
Pennsylvania’s top elections official said it would be a “matter of days” before most of the state’s ballots are counted. The secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar, told reporters that officials across the state have made “excellent progress” but they’re still working.
“At this point, I think we’re actually probably a little bit ahead of where I thought we would be, which is great, so stay tuned, but still thinking, you know, we’re talking a matter of days before the overwhelming majority of ballots are counted,” she said during an evening press conference with Governor Tom Wolf.
Asked about the Trump campaign going to court to stop the vote count, Boockvar said she couldn’t comment on active litigation. “I can tell you that we will oppose any effort, every effort to at any point shut down the vote,” she said. “We get to decide when the last vote is counted.”
Trump campaign wants to join GOP suit over mail-in ballots
The Trump campaign on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court t