Pennsylvania Department of State Says Automatic Recount Not Warranted for April 22 Primary

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 05/02/2008 - 3:48pm.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes said today Pennsylvania's automatic recount law was not triggered by any of the four statewide races in the April 22 primary election.

"I am very grateful to the counties for working as hard as they did to provide the unofficial returns to us in a timely manner," Cortes said.  "Based upon the information we received from each county, an automatic recount is not required."

Act 97 of 2004 provides that any statewide race or ballot question where the margin of victory was less than one half of one percent of the total number of votes cast for that office or ballot question would automatically trigger a recount in all 67 counties.

Unofficial elections returns are available through  by clicking on the elections returns graphic on the right-hand side of the homepage.

For more information on elections and voter registration, call the Department of State's toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit

CONTACT: Leslie Amoros

    Rebecca Halton


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