The fields of some key races in Tuesday's primary could change next week as election officials recount votes and include write-in and provisional ballots.

Posted results from the county's 159 polling places are preliminary, and provisional and write-in votes are expected to be counted by the end of next week, said Nikki Suchanic, director of the York County Department of Elections and Voter Registration.

Several races were close, and write-ins could add a candidate to the ballot in at least one race.

There were 1,332 Democratic write-ins in the race for District Attorney, and only 250 are needed for a candidate to be placed on the Democratic ticket in November's general election.

Incumbent Tom Kearney won the Republican nomination, defeating Korey Leslie, but Leslie could have a second chance at the job if he was the top write-in vote-getter with more than 250 votes.

The untraditional spelling of Leslie's first name isn't expected to be an issue, Suchanic said.

"We go by the intent of the voter, if they were intending to vote for Korey Leslie," she said.

Spelling his name "Corey" would be accepted, she said.

Close contests: Numbers were very close in several other contests, such as West York's hotly contested borough races and district judge in York City's District 19-1-05.

Democrat Tom Harteis fell two votes shy of the 129 votes Joel Toluba received to win the Democratic nomination for the judge seat.


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And in West York, Charles "Chuck" Wasko won by just 10 votes when he defeated Sam Firestone for mayor, winning the Republican spot on the ballot by a vote of 116 to 106. The top three Republican vote-getters for four council seats fell within 13 votes of each other and only two votes separated the fourth and fifth candidates.

In Carroll Township, two candidates tied for second place, with 222 votes, for the second seat on the board of supervisors.

Should certify by June 3: Suchanic said numbers currently posted include absentee ballots, but there could be corrections to results as provisionals and write-ins are added.

Starting Friday, elections workers will essentially start a recount, verifying machine totals and absentee votes to make sure they were counted correctly, she said. Then, write-in votes will be added.

The total after the recount is final, she said, and "even if it's by two or three votes, that's what it is and that's the result."

The final results should be certified June 3, she said.

Candidates who are unhappy with the results can file an appeal to the Court of Common Pleas, she said.

Suchanic said there were only about 650 absentee ballots this year, which is typical for an off-year primary. During a November presidential race, there are thousands, she said.

- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.