HARRISBURG – Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman outlines the vote-counting process for the Nov. 8 general election and explained why under current election law unofficial results will be available within a few days of the election. Chapman said, “We understand that voters, candidates and the media want election results as soon as possible. But counting all the eligible votes and reporting the results take time, and counties are rightfully focused on accuracy over speed.” Before mail ballots can be scanned and counted, they must be removed from their envelopes and prepared for scanning. Under Pennsylvania law, counties cannot begin this pre-canvassing of mail ballots until 7 a.m. on Election Day. County election officials and the Wolf Administration support earlier pre-canvassing, but that would require legislative approval.