York County’s voting machine programming error was the result of a failure to establish and execute proper internal controls, according to a post-election report submitted to the state. A technical oversight by the county’s elections department allowed a single voter to cast multiple votes for a single candidate during the Nov. 7 general election in certain races where more than one candidate was elected. The Pennsylvania Department of State directed the county to review and explain the issue to them, which county solicitor Glenn Smith did in a report submitted Nov. 27.
The report begins by explaining that Dale Dalton, a county elections employee, has prepared and installed the programming for every election between 2004 and 2016 after he was trained by Dominion Voting, a third-party vendor.
Dominion acquired Sequoia Voting Systems, the manufacturer of York County’s machines, in 2010.
With Dalton planning to retire at the end of 2017, Nikki Suchanic, director of the county’s elections department, decided to program the machines for the 2017 primary election with supervision and assistance from Dalton, the report states.