Technical oversight allows for single person to vote for candidate more than once
York County Board of Elections has released that a technical oversight in Tuesday's election has allowed a single person to cast more than one vote for some candidates. They stated the issue "impacts candidates who appear twice in a single race where more than one candidate is elected."
Officials with the Board of Elections say that they were made aware of the issue Monday afternoon - the day before the election. However, they say that they decided it was too late to re-program machines that had already been issued to 159 election districts.
York County officials say that they posted notices reminding voters to only vote once for each candidate, and says that they are working with the voting machine vendor to take steps to verify races that may be impacted by the issue.
According to the county, they are also in contact with the Pennsylvania Department of State in order to resolve the problem adequately.
The Department of State released the following statement regarding the matter:
York County election officials made us aware yesterday of a ballot programming situation in voting machines countywide that could allow a voter to cast two votes for any candidate who cross-filed or who qualified for both the Democratic and Republican tickets. The county is also addressing reports that voters in some areas have encountered difficulty in casting straight-party ticket votes.
The Department urges York County voters to pay close attention to instructions from precinct poll workers. Voters should also carefully review their selections before casting their votes.
It is our understanding the York County Board of Elections, in an effort to mitigate overvotes, directed notices to be posted at all York County polling places informing voters they may only cast one vote for each candidate.
In addition, York County election officials are already working with the voting machine vendor to determine the most efficient method for county officials to manually verify and reconcile vote counts in the potentially affected races.
Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres plans to request a formal post-election review and report from York County as authorized under the PA Election Code. York County’s report will enable the Department of State to advise the County in implementing additional controls to avoid such occurrences in the future.
In a release from Chad Baker, Chair of the Democratic Party of York County, Baker stated:
As this incredibly vital election draws near its close, we are receiving word that there have been glitches in the voting machines which could effect the outcome of 8 elections throughout the county.
The issue at hand is that in several competitive, cross-filed races, voters were able to vote for the same candidate twice (as a Democrat and Republican). This should not have been able to happen.
Races known to be effected at this point in time include:
• York County Court of Common Pleas
• Red Lion Borough Council
• Glen Rock Borough Council
• North York Borough Council
• West York Borough Council
• Dover Township Supervisor
• Central York School District
• West York School District
The County Board of Elections is looking in to a resolution for this issue and any resolution at this point in time is purely speculatory. As we get more information on these races, we will let you know. The one thing we are sure of, we may not have results in these races tonight. Again, as more information is made available, we will let you know.