A claim that Philadelphia stopped counting mail-in ballots on Election Night has been circulating online. This is incorrect: Philadelphia did not stop counting votes on the night of Nov. 3.
The confusion seemed to originate on Twitter when independent reporter Max Marin, who is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, tweeted at 9:30pm (0230 GMT): “No more mail ballot results tonight.”
Marin’s tweet was quoted in the New York Post article, headlined “Philadelphia stops counting mail-in ballots for the night”.
Marin has since said on Twitter that he deleted his original tweet to avoid any further confusion (here) , and emphasized in another tweet (here) that counting goes on 24/7, but the results are not constantly updated.
Ballot counting in Philadelphia is live streamed on YouTube (Philadelphia City Commissioners Live Stream) .
Al Schmidt, Philadelphia City commissioner responsible for elections and voter registration, tweeted at 3am (0800 GMT) on Nov. 4: “Philadelphia will NOT stop counting ALL legitimate votes cast by eligible voters. And we will report and report and report until the last vote is counted” (here) .
He added an hour later that Philadelphia had updated its results page to include more than 65,000 mail-in votes “with many more to count” (here) .
False. Philadelphia did not stop counting mail-in votes on election night. Ballots were and continue to be counted 24/7. There was a pause only in updating results.
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