But the media are not allowed to observe from inside the room.
An Inquirer photographer has been told he can't even pick up his camera to take a picture in the lobby of the government building -- more than 100 feet away from the conference room where the counting is taking place, behind a closed door.
The media here are more than a tad annoyed because we can't get an answer from the county as to why we've been shut out. Heck, they might have a legal basis. But we don't know it yet, and all we want is some response.
Melissa Melewsky, a lawyer for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, cited a section of the election code stating that all election returns "should be open to public inspection." But so far, she said she couldn't find anything about how the law applies to the process of counting.
In the meantime, we hope to hear from the county spokeswoman, Evelyn Walker, who has been in a meeting.
She's in a regularly scheduled meeting on the Sunshine Act with other county officials, according to a woman who answered the phone.