DA won't prosecute York City school board member accused of election violation

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

The York County District Attorney's Office has decided not to prosecute a York City school board member accused of soliciting votes inside a polling place in last year's municipal election.

From left: Lisa Kennedy, Tonya Thompson-Morgan, board president Margie Orr and Tanoue Sweeney take their oath to serve on the York City school board on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2018.

In addition, York County solicitor Glenn Smith has closed an investigation into a complaint filed against city school board member Tanoue Sweeney, according to York County spokesman Mark Walters.

Kyle King, a spokesman for the DA's office, said the decision not to prosecute was made under former DA Tom Kearney.

Kearney could not be reached for comment.

A complaint filed late last November by former York City school board member Jose Santiago alleged Sweeney, a former employee at the York City School District, "not only worked the polls on Election Day but also actively solicited write-in votes while working the polls."

Sweeney was sworn in at the York City school board's Dec. 6 reorganization meeting minutes after signing a letter of resignation from the district.

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The end of the investigation was expected by Sweeney.

"I'm glad to see it's closed," she said when reached by phone Thursday, Jan. 18. "I knew it was going to be closed because I did nothing wrong."

Santiago, who filed the complaint, did not respond to multiple calls for comment.