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Election officials counting ballots at the Allegheny County elections warehouse Friday in Pittsburgh. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

How votes are counted in Pennsylvania: Changing numbers are a sign of transparency, not fraud, during an ongoing process

As vote counts tick upward, people may have questions about why one candidate does better with mail-in votes or in-person ballots. Here are the answers, and an explanation of how the counting happens.
Make sure you know when your ballot is arriving, and whether it’s been accepted for counting back at your election office. erhui1979/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images

How to track your mail-in ballot

In 44 states and the District of Columbia, voters can keep an eye on where their ballot is through systems that track when a ballot is requested by, sent to and returned by the voter.
A King County, Washington election worker verifies signatures accompanying ballots cast in the state’s August primary. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Timing, signatures and huge demand make mail-in voting difficult

It's not just whether the US Postal Service can handle the load. In 2020 primaries, states have had trouble distributing, collecting and counting mailed-in ballots.
Election workers are part of the protections ensuring that mail-in ballots aren’t fraudulent. Will Cioci/Wisconsin Watch via AP

6 ways mail-in ballots are protected from fraud

The mail-in voting process has several built-in safeguards that make it hard for one person to vote fraudulently, and even more difficult to commit large-scale voter fraud.
Not everyone who votes at home gets to do so in complete privacy. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Voting by mail is convenient, but not always secret

Voting at home is safe from fraud and disease, but gives up a key advantage of in-person voting at official polling places: a secure, safe environment where everyone can cast their ballot secretly.
Protesters against passage of a bill to expand mail-in voting during a Nevada Republican Party demonstration, August 4, 2020, in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Mail-in voting does not cause fraud, but judges are buying the GOP’s argument that it does

In lawsuits across the country, the GOP and Trump campaign are trying to stop or dramatically curtail mail-in voting. Courts have largely sided with them, threatening massive disenfranchisement.
Voting is important. Make sure you know how to do it! Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

How to make sure your vote counts in November

Double-check that you're registered, find out where and when you can vote, make a plan and tell your friends. Set a reminder on your calendar, and make sure you actually vote.
Will young, Black Americans turn out to vote in November? Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images

Young Black Americans not sold on Biden, the Democrats or voting

It's a myth that Black voters represent monolithic support for Democrats. A recent survey shows that young Black Americans in swing states have big reservations about Joe Biden, Democrats and voting.
Georgia voters brought folding chairs, books, laptop computers and plenty of patience to the polls on June. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Georgia’s election disaster shows how bad voting in 2020 can be

Voters across the nation should prepare for similar circumstances in their communities – but there is still time for them to demand better from their officials.
Wisconsin voters had to wait in line in April, wearing masks, because they could not vote by mail. Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images

Some states more ready for mail-in voting than others

In many states, any voter can ask for an absentee ballot and mail it in – but in others, there are stricter rules about who can vote by mail.

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