WEST CHESTER — Sunrise in West Chester is due at 6:35 a.m. on Nov. 4, about 24 hours after the first in-person votes in the 2020 presidential election are expected to be cast across Chester County and the state, which will play a crucial, if not deciding, role in the contest.
That is the hour at which Chester County election officials are setting as their unofficial, if somewhat optimistic, deadline to have all of the thousands of ballots cast in the much-discussed election counted and ready for public reporting, easing whatever disputes might arise if the results in the county were delayed for days, as has been predicted in the months leading up to the Nov. 3 election.
“That is the goal,” county commissioners’ Vice Chairman Josh Maxwell said in an interview Friday. “We will keep counting until we are done, before sunrise the next day.”
We know that some voters are still concerned about having their ballots counted On The Day. We still believe that mail ballots are a safe and effective alternative to voting in person, that will not put votes at risk. The county’s determination to get the count done in under 24 hours should provide further food for thought for those still weighing their options.
But whatever method you decide on — VOTE!