Dean Declared 4th District Winner; Lawsuit Awaits

Voters and poll workers gathered Tuesday afternoon outside the Limerick Township municipal building (at top), which served as the polling place for Limerick District 2

WASHINGTON DC – Democrat Madeleine Dean won re-election Tuesday (Nov. 3, 2020) to the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District, the Associated Press declared in a bulletin. However the preliminary and unofficial election results have not been verified, and may change based on still uncounted mail-in and other ballots.

The race also may hinge on the outcome of a lawsuit filed against Montgomery County.

Based on in-person ballots cast by county voters, all of which its Voter Services Department says have been counted, 200,856 so far favored Dean, a Democrat; 149,381 went to Republican challenger Kathy Barnette.

In local balloting, also according to department results, western county voter majorities in Collegeville, Pottstown, Royersford, Schwenksville, and Trappe boroughs, and Perkiomen and Upper Providence townships favored Dean’s candidacy. Barnette captured in-person majorities in East Greenville, Green Lane, and Pennsburg boroughs, and Douglass (Montgomery), Limerick, Lower Frederick, Lower Pottsgrove, Lower Salford, New Hanover, Salford, Skippack, Upper Frederick, Upper Pottsgrove, Upper Salford, and West Pottsgrove townships.

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday afternoon by Barnette alleges the county Board of Elections violated state election code by inspecting ballots early, and then allegedly contacted voters whose ballots didn’t meet state requirements to be counted, according to the Bucks County Courier-Times newspaper. The suit further claims the county gave those voters “a chance to come down and properly cast their vote,” the newspaper story added.

An emergency hearing on Barnette’s motion was scheduled to be held Wednesday (Nov. 4).

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