That file lists every voter with dozens of attainable info fields for counties to fill in. A kind of fields is the voter’s final vote date. Diamond’s calculations are the results of counting each voter in a given precinct whose “final vote date” column is stuffed in with the date of Nov. 3, 2020.
For a lot of precincts, this quantity is certainly decrease than the whole variety of ballots solid within the county’s posted election outcomes. Statewide, in accordance with Ryan, the distinction between the 2 figures is a bit over 200,000.
It is because many citizens have the “final vote date” discipline left clean. In response to the Division of State, many counties are nonetheless importing final month’s voting exercise to the export file. Not everybody for whom that discipline is at the moment clean needs to be assumed to haven’t voted, division spokesperson Wanda Murren mentioned.
Pennsylvania’s election outcomes are licensed based mostly on an audit of the paper ballots themselves, Murren wrote; the voter export file will not be meant to be an ideal facsimile of this.
The truth that a spreadsheet will not be but totally stuffed in, or that some counties could have incompletely stuffed it in, has no bearing on the accuracy of the state’s licensed election outcomes, the division mentioned.
“The legislators have given us one other excellent instance of the risks of uninformed, lay evaluation mixed with a primary lack of election administration data,” the Division of State wrote in a response to press inquiries.