More than 2,900 double votes were cast during municipal elections in York County due to a voting machine programming error. County officials said at first that the issue did not appear to affect the outcome of any races. But if vote tallies provided by the county are correct, the West York Borough Council contest might have been impacted. West York Councilwoman Shelley Metzler finished fifth of six candidates vying for four seats. But she might have placed fourth – and secured another term – if she had received enough of the 32 “over votes” cast in the council race, a closer review by WITF/Keystone Crossroads found.
“This is why we have the objection process through the courts,” county spokesman Mark Walters said in response to a request for clarification.
Normally, it’s not possible to vote twice for one candidate on a single ballot. But human error made while programming voting machines created the potential in nine contested races in York County Nov. 7 (click here for details on what we know so far about how the problem arose, was detected and addressed on Election Day).