Several voting-related issues have cropped up in several central Pennsylvania counties today. York County has discovered a technical oversight with election machines, which allows a single voter to vote more than once for certain candidates, said Mark Walters, county spokesman. And in Dauphin County, a judge ordered deputies to seize raffle tickets that reportedly offered an iPhone X for votes in the Harrisburg mayor’s race. Voter turnout in Dauphin County has been light so far, according to Jerry Feaser, county elections director. No unusual voting machine issues were reported. In York County, the technical issue impacts candidates who appear twice in a single race where more than one candidate is elected.
The York County elections and voter registration office learned about the issue late Monday afternoon, the day before the municipal election and hours ahead of polls opening. “It was determined to be too late to re-program machines that had already been sent out to 159 election districts,” Walters said.
Notices were posted at all polling places, reminding voters they may vote only once for cross-filed candidates in the same race.
The county is working with the voting machine vendor on an action plan to verify votes in the potentially impacted races. The county also is in communication with the Pennsylvania Department of State for a proper resolution.