Pa. elections official blames spreadsheet for state’s mistake in certifying a county’s election results
Workers on the hall floor at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia counting the mail-in ballots on Nov. 4, 2020. - ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

A top elections official said Monday that “human error” in tracking the results of the May 17 primary election led Pennsylvania to inadvertently certify a county’s vote counts that the state deems to be inaccurate. The embarrassing revelation came in a filing before the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, where the state is seeking to break a standoff with three counties — Berks, Fayette, and Lancaster — that refuse to include undated mail ballots in their official totals in defiance of guidance from the Department of State. The department, which oversees elections, sued the counties last month, ...