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PA’s head of elections: Most results might be published by end of Thursday

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The world’s eyes have been on Pennsylvania these past few days as its authorities have been counting millions of ballots since Election Day. There might be a light at the end of the tunnel, however.

Pennsylvania Sec. of State Kathy Boockvar told CNN’s Jake Tapper Thursday afternoon that most ballots are expected to be counted by the end of the day, although she didn’t offer a specific time of day.

“It is looking like we will have the overwhelming majority counted by today,” she told Tapper.

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Watch the clip from the CNN interview here.

When asked by Tapper about how many ballots are remain to be counted, she placed her estimate in the range of 550,000 more ballots to be counted Thursday.

“I think there’s about 550,000 some-odd—you know, plus or minus—ballots that are still in the process of being counted today,” she said. “Some of those may have already been counted but are not yet uploaded.”

Later in the clip, she added that “it’s looking like we’re ahead of schedule and you know I’ve been saying that we’ll have the overwhelming majority by tomorrow, but it is looking like we’ll have the overwhelming majority counted by today.”

It is also worth noting that the Democratic-leaning Allegheny County, containing Pittsburgh, has paused its ballot-counting until Friday, The Hill has reported.

Incumbent President Donald Trump’s legal team has filed lawsuits in multiple swing states to halt the counting of ballots there and plan to take the case all the way up to the Supreme Court. One of these states is Pennsylvania, a must-win state for Trump if he is to successfully gain a second term. Trump is currently leading in the Keystone State, but the margin between him and former Vice President Joe Biden is still relatively close and is growing smaller as more ballots are counted.

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Judges have dismissed lawsuits launched by the Trump legal team in Michigan and Georgia, according to NBC News 3 (WRCB) station in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The major news outlets have projected that Biden has won Michigan.

However, additional lawsuits have since been filed by Republicans and Trump in Michigan and Pennsylvania, per NBC News 3 regarding delaying the ballot-counting and allowing better access for Republican poll observers over accusations of voter fraud.

Only time will tell if these legal cases halt the vote-count before state election officials are able to potentially publish most of them by the end of today.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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