November 29, 2016 By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitter National Issues, The Blog, Voting & Elections All Pennsylvanians want to have confidence in the security and results of elections, and that’s why significant steps are in place to ensure that they can.Following every election, each county in Pennsylvania reviews and reconciles the unofficial elections results. This process is called the official canvass of votes and is completed and overseen by the return board, which is also a county’s bipartisan Board of Elections in many instances.First, counties compare the number of registered voters in each precinct to the numbered list of voters created at the polls on Election Day. Then, they compare the numbered list of voters to the number of votes recorded on the voting machines that appears on the results tapes printed at the close of polls. The return board then must investigate any discrepancies or irregularities among those records.The return board has the authority to summon the district election officers, machine inspectors, clerks and overseers during its investigation of any discrepancies. If warranted, the return board must turn over a report of the facts to the district attorney.The return board must carefully review the tally papers, or district totals cards and compare them to the totals tapes from the machines and reconcile them with the numbers on the general return sheets. During this process, the return board should ensure that all votes were properly compiled from all of the removable storage media associated with the voting machines in each precinct.As part of the official canvass, and before counties certify the vote totals, the return board must conduct a statistical recount of a random sample of ballots. By law, this occurs of all races in every election.Counties using optical scan voting systems must conduct the statistical recount via a hand count of ballots and must count every race on the ballot. Counties using direct recording electronic (DRE) voting systems must conduct the statistical recount via a hand count of the ballot images, or cast vote records, contained in the system, rather than the “totals tapes.”Voting systems must remain locked after the completion of the canvass, unless the return board is required to open them by court order or for purposes of an election contest.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf How Pennsylvania Certifies the Vote After Every Election
After a close competition that lasted into fall camp, redshirt junior Max Browne held off redshirt freshman Sam Darnold to claim the USC starting quarterback job, head coach Clay Helton announced on Saturday.Browne, who waited three seasons, finally has his chance under center. But the odds-on favorite to win the position faced an unexpected challenge from the youthful Darnold, who impressed during spring practice. As a result, Helton did not name a starter following the spring game, opting to continue the competition during fall camp.Browne is a 6-foot-5, 220 pound product out of Skyline High School in Washington. He was one of the nation’s top quarterback recruits coming out of high school, but has been stuck as a backup after redshirting his first season.In limited playing time, Browne has completed 11-for-19 passing for 143 yards in his career.Helton gave no indication prior to Saturday as to who would be named the starter, neither did the players nor assistant coaches. On Friday, the team held a final scrimmage during practice that helped to either sway or confirm Helton’s decision.Darnold, an accomplished recruit himself out of San Clemente High School, forced the issue during practices with an impressive display of his dual-threat abilities.But Helton ultimately stuck with the veteran Browne, who may have transferred to another school had he not been chosen.Helton’s decision was not one he took lightly. He had admitted to the media that the choice was constantly on his mind and that he watched film on occasion at 3 a.m.The coach also said on Friday that whomever he named as a starter would be given a lengthy leash.Any celebration Browne might do will be short-lived; USC’s first game is in two weeks against defending champion Alabama.
A Guyanese man residing in New York was found on Tuesday stabbed to death in his Brooklyn apartment.Otis James, 48, was discovered unconscious and bleeding, with stab wounds to his head, face, chest and torso, inside his home on Central Avenue near Cornelia Street in Bushwick, New York at 16:30h Tuesday.Police are seen outside the Bushwick home of Otis James on Tuesday (Ken Murray/New York Daily News photo)James worked as a city bus driver from 2005 to May 2017, when he retired on disability. He was crippled as a result of a gunshot injury he sustained at Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara two years ago.He had been shot to the left side of his chest at point-blank range on May 18, 2016 outside a friend’s home after he had closed the gate to board a car that he had expected to pick him up.The New York Post reported that the man’s apartment may have been ransacked. Police sources told the media that a knife was recovered at the scene of the gruesome murder.James leaves to mourn a wife and two children.No one has since been arrested.