December 08, 2016

'Crazy' decision: Chester County to recount presidential ballots by hand

The Chester County Board of Elections has ordered a hand recount in the presidential race, a process expected continue through the weekend, according to the Daily Local News. But election officials do not expect a different outcome.

“This is crazy,” county Commissioner Michele Kichline told the newspaper. 

The board voted unanimously Thursday to recount the ballots in 143 of Chester County's 228 precincts after Green Party candidate Jill Stein and some Democrats demanded a recount, the newspaper reported. Under the state Election Code, the county must conduct a presidential recount if at least three people in a precinct request one — even if there are not any allegations of tampering or a mistake.

Unofficial county results showed Democrat Hillary Clinton, with 141,694 votes, leading Republican Donald Trump, who received 116,147 votes. Stein received 2,253 votes.

Read the Daily Local story here.