A Newberry Township woman who lost a write-in bid for a slot on the York County Republican Committee claims faulty voting machines cost her the race.

Maxine E. Kauffman waged a write-in campaign during the May primary against Christina Conley, who was on the ballot.

Kauffman claims in a letter received this week in the elections office that some people were unable to write in her name because of problems with the voting machines.

She asks the elections office to put both their names on the ballot and allow them to run against each other in the November general election.

"This approach is fair, as it would not be costly to implement and it would give all voters the opportunity to have their vote counted," Kauffman wrote. "To do anything less would be disenfranchisement to the Newberry Township voter."

No issues: York County Solicitor Mike Flannelly said the county doesn't have the power to call for a run-off in the November election.

Even so, officials investigated and determined that, although one machine froze, there didn't appear to be any problems that affected the vote count.

Flannelly said the voter who was using the machine when it froze was able to vote using a different machine. The votes already on the machine were not lost, the machine was rebooted and was used for the remainder of the day.

He said no voters complained to the elections judge at the polling site of a problem that would have prevented anyone from voting for Kauffman.


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Kauffman would need to file a petition in York County Common Pleas Court challenging the results within seven days after the election results are preliminarily certified on Friday, said elections director Nikki Suchanic.

Conley, who has a history of convictions for DUI, harassment, disorderly conduct and other charges, beat Kauffman by a margin of 280-243.

Conley had lost a previous bid for a West Shore school board seat in 2009. Following that election, Conley claimed "negative" media coverage of her arrest just days before the election contributed to her defeat.

Conley could not be reached for comment. A previous number was disconnected, and the elections office had no new number.

--Reach Carl Lindquist at 505-5432 or clindquist@yorkdispatch.com.