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Out of 5,700 provisional ballots, York County tosses 14 for ID problems

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch

The York County Board of Elections on Monday disqualified 14 of the nearly 5,700 provisional ballots cast in the Nov. 3 general election because of signature verification problems.

This was the last batch of provisional ballots the county needed to finalize.

York County Commissioner Julie Wheeler thanked the public for their patience throughout the process.

"We had lots of attorneys here and lots of authorized representatives who looked at each and every one of those provisional ballots," she said.

York County employee Deb Hauck sorts ballots at the York Fairground's Memorial Hall Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. About 100 county employees volunteered on their day off to help process ballots. Bill Kalina photo

Nine of the 14 disqualified ballots didn't have any signature from the voter, and another four ballots lacked any signature from the local boards of elections where the vote was cast, county solicitor Michelle Pokrifka said.

Finally, there was one provisional ballot that was illegible, and county election officials could not decipher the name, address or birthdate of the voter to verify their identity, Pokrifka said.

Of the total number of provisional ballots, another 400 were disqualified because the voter wasn't registered in York County, Wheeler said.

There were 35 provisional ballots that had only the pre-ballot signature from the voter and another 108 with only the post-ballot signature, but the board approved the ballots because election officials were able to verify the voters' identities by cross checking their names in the system, Pokrifka said.

York County Solicitor Michelle Pokrifka
Wednesday, September 16, 2020. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

Wheeler said this last batch of provisional ballots will be tallied and added to the state's election returns website by Tuesday.

As of Monday, the state website showed that 2,893 York County voters who cast provisional ballots voted for President Donald Trump, compared with 2,070 voters who cast provisional ballots and voted for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Libertarian Jo Jorgensen received 115 provisional ballot votes.

York County will certify its final election results Wednesday, officials said.

Biden has won Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes by a margin of almost 70,000 votes, according to The Associated Press. Nationally, The Associated Press has called the race for Biden.

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