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David Weissman
York Dispatch
Nikki Suchanic, director of the York County election department, speaks during a election board meeting at the York County Administrative Center regarding instances of single voters casting multiple votes during last week's election Monday, Nov.13, 2017. Bill Kalina photo

With eight York County elections potentially impacted by a technical oversight, volunteers began a recount Monday, Nov. 13, and were done the same day.

About 20 volunteers, all county employees, began reviewing printouts from the county's election machines just before 10 a.m. Monday, and by 3 p.m. there were no printouts left to review, according to Robb Green, outgoing county controller and one of the volunteers.

County election staff discovered a technical 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.

The oversight, which was the result of a programming error by county staff, potentially impacted eight contested races, including the York County Court of Common Pleas judges race.

The volunteers were looking for instances where a single voter cast two votes for the same candidat,e and those instances will be referred to as an "overvote" for that candidate, according to Nikki Suchanic, director of the county's election department.

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County spokesman Mark Walters said Tuesday, Nov. 14, that the volunteers have flagged all the overvotes, but election officials still need to add them all up.

Officials are still deciding when to release overvote totals, but it could be this week, Walters said. The next public Board of Elections meeting is scheduled for noon Monday, Nov. 20.

"I'd say it went quicker than anticipated, so that certainly speaks to the efficiency of our sworn counters," Walters said of the recount. "It also speaks to the pathetically low turnout of the election."

Less than 20 percent of registered York County voters cast ballots for the municipal election, according to unofficial results.

Note: This story has been updated to express an altered statement from Walters that the county could release overvote totals some time this week.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.