York County officials announced their determination that a technical oversight with voting machines didn’t affect the outcome of Nov. 7 election results, but the numbers in one race indicate a possible impact. York County’s Board of Elections voted unanimously to approve the preliminary certification of the election results during its meeting Monday, Nov. 20. County election staff discovered the oversight the afternoon before Election Day that allowed a single voter to cast multiple votes for a single candidate in races where more than one candidate was elected. On Nov. 13, about 20 volunteers — all county employees — spent about five hours counting all the instances where a single voter cast two votes for the same candidate — referred to as an “overvote.”
Those numbers were tallied and then verified by an independent auditing firm, RKL, according to Nikki Suchanic, director of the county’s election department.
The total number of overvotes for each of nine contested races were revealed during the board’s meeting Monday, and county officials announced that they found the oversight did not impact any outcomes.
“Based on the audit and based on the certification of that audit, there is no indication that any overvote would’ve affected the outcome of this election,” county solicitor Glenn Smith said.