PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — While the deadline to petition for a recount has passed in most counties, a few petitions were filed on time, and that includes some in Allegheny County.
“We had a number of petitions filed yesterday for a recanvas of voting machines,” Allegheny County elections director Mark Wolosik told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Tuesday.
State law requires three voters in each of the state’s 9,000-plus election districts to request a recount, and that’s difficult as some discovered.
“The system is tremendously hard to negotiate,” said Weslee Hursh, of Centerville, as she filed her petitions in Washington County on Monday.
In the end, most districts will not be recounted.
There are 1,322 election districts in Allegheny County, and 143 districts were petitioned to be recounted by the deadline on Monday.
But only 52 districts had valid petitions, and those are the ones that will be recanvassed on Dec. 5.
Wolosik will oversee the local recount.
Delano: “So what are you going to do in these 52 election districts?”
Wolosik: “We will compare the votes cast that are stored on the compact flash memory cards from each voting district and compare those totals to the totals that were taken on election night.”
Selected districts in 13 municipalities will be recounted, including Aspinwall, Bellevue, Ben Avon, Bethel Park, Castle Shannon, Dormont, Edgewood, Mt. Lebanon, Ohio, Pine, Pittsburgh, Swissvale and Whitehall.
“I think there should be a lot more, in my opinion, the whole county,” said David Mosley, of West Mifflin.
As for a statewide recount, the Commonwealth Court ordered the 20 Trump electors to respond by Friday to a separate petition filed by Green Party candidate Jill Stein and scheduled a hearing for next Monday.
“I think they need to let this rest and let it be that Trump is now our new president,” noted Dayton Meyers, of Allison Park.
“Just move on. It is what it is, and it’s not going to make a difference,” added Jan Spofford, of Hampton.