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York County recount: What you need to know about the close races

Matt Enright
York Dispatch

Crucial recounts in York County races started Monday.

With the statewide recount completed last week, the county was to begin tallying votes in two close school board races at 1:30 p.m. 

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York County spokesperson Mark Walters said the county hoped to have the recount finished by Friday, and the results would be published online.

In Central York, Republican Faith Casale asked for and received a recount from the Board of Elections. Casale finished fifth behind Democrat Rebecca Riek by just 23 votes; on Election Day, Casale led on Election Day by just four votes before provisional ballots gave Riek the edge.

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If Casale finishes ahead of Riek, it would tip the balance on the Central School Board in favor of Republicans. As it stands now, Riek and fellow Democrats Corey Thurman and Amy Milsten would serve with Republicans Tim Strickler, Wendy Crane and Danielle Allison.

In the South Western school board race, Republican write-in candidate Justin Lighty asked for a recount of the write-in votes only. Lighty ran with fellow Republican write-in candidate Katy Bauer and official candidate Matthew Gelazela as "We the Parents SWSD," gathering people with conservative ideals.

Lighty and Bauer also asked for cumulation requests due to misspellings of their names written in on ballots, which was granted by the Board of Elections.

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Lighty and Bauer finished behind incumbent Democrat Vanessa Berger, the board president, who placed fourth in the unofficial tally. 

The other races from the 2021 general election have been certified. Now York County waits to see the results of the recounts.

— Matt Enright can be reached via email at menright@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @Matthew_Enright.