Pittsburgher outlines Pennsylvania’s canvassing schedule with new map

Less than a week from Election Day, more than two-thirds of Pennsylvania’s more than 3 million requested mail-in and absentee ballots have already been returned. In the Keystone State, pre-canvassing can not happen until Election Day. Most counties will start counting mail-in ballots on Nov. 3 and some are waiting until the next day. “I wanted to try and get a sense of what each county was doing statewide,” said Ben Forstate.Forstate makes maps that he shares on social media, showing on social media the commonwealth’s political landscape. Click here to see more of the maps by Forstate.“I’ve probably made several hundred maps that aren’t even online,” said Forstate. On Thursday, he made this map showing the canvassing schedules for Pennsylvania’s vote by mail returns. Click here to see the map.They’re color-coded: orange counties represent those starting on Nov. 3, green counties on Nov. 4, and he’s waiting for more information for blue counties. Forstate said it’s a fluid situation. “Some of those counties have changed since I even put that map together,” said Forstate. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 has confirmed that Allegheny, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland counties will start counting mail-in ballots on Election Day. Beaver County plans to begin on Nov. 4. We asked Squirrel Hill voter Eric Weingrad, who was at the county office building dropping off his ballot, if he’d prefer his ballot be counted immediately instead of waiting until Nov. 3. “I would certainly prefer it before but you know it doesn’t matter to me as long as it’s counted,” said Weingrad. His grandmother Charlotte Pasekoff agreed. “I’m just glad it’s in,” she said.

Less than a week from Election Day, more than two-thirds of Pennsylvania’s more than 3 million requested mail-in and absentee ballots have already been returned.

In the Keystone State, pre-canvassing can not happen until Election Day. Most counties will start counting mail-in ballots on Nov. 3 and some are waiting until the next day.

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“I wanted to try and get a sense of what each county was doing statewide,” said Ben Forstate.

Forstate makes maps that he shares on social media, showing on social media the commonwealth’s political landscape.

Click here to see more of the maps by Forstate.

“I’ve probably made several hundred maps that aren’t even online,” said Forstate.

On Thursday, he made this map showing the canvassing schedules for Pennsylvania’s vote by mail returns.

Click here to see the map.

They’re color-coded: orange counties represent those starting on Nov. 3, green counties on Nov. 4, and he’s waiting for more information for blue counties.

Forstate said it’s a fluid situation.

“Some of those counties have changed since I even put that map together,” said Forstate.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 has confirmed that Allegheny, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland counties will start counting mail-in ballots on Election Day. Beaver County plans to begin on Nov. 4.

We asked Squirrel Hill voter Eric Weingrad, who was at the county office building dropping off his ballot, if he’d prefer his ballot be counted immediately instead of waiting until Nov. 3.

“I would certainly prefer it before but you know it doesn’t matter to me as long as it’s counted,” said Weingrad.

His grandmother Charlotte Pasekoff agreed.

“I’m just glad it’s in,” she said.