No recount expected in York County

David Weissman
  • Green Party's push for recount in Pa. not likely to affect voting results in York County.
  • York County's results went final at noon Monday.
  • Trump received most votes in York County history, 6th highest percentage of presidential votes.

Update: Since this story was originally published, Suchanic said her office has received a total of 16 petitions filing for a recount.

Previous: Efforts by the Green Party to push for a recount in Pennsylvania are not expected to affect York County's election results.

Nikki Suchanic, director of the county's elections office, said the results were finalized at noon Monday, and state officials have told her office no recount is warranted.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein raised millions of dollars in recent weeks to push for recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, three states where President-elect Donald Trump closely beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Wisconsin officials announced  Friday they are moving forward with the first presidential recount in state history, according to The Associated Press.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein speaks at a rally near City Hall in Philadelphia, Wednesday July 27, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

Stein pushed her Pennsylvania efforts Monday, posting on her website that the Green Party is seeking at least three voters in each district to submit an affidavit to their county board of elections seeking a recount.

Suchanic said her office has received no such affidavit, and any recount effort at this point would have to go through state officials.

Pennsylvania Department of State spokeswoman Wanda Murren wrote in an email Monday the department is working with the 67 counties statewide to provide assistance and information regarding the certification process. She stated many counties have already certified their election results "thereby closing the five-day window to petition at the county level for a recount."

“The Department of State also is  providing guidance to the counties on the process for handling recount petitions," Murren wrote. "We are aware of petitions filed in Berks, Bucks, Centre, Montgomery and Philadelphia. However, we are not aware of how many have been filed in each county. We have been working to gather that information from the counties. Because the department is not the filing agency, we are relying on reports from the counties.”

York County Elections and Voter Registration Director Nikki Suchanic talks about the card activator during one of sixteen training sessions for poll workers, held at Ronal Tool Company in West Manchester Township, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Suchanic said her office has been reviewing absentee and provisional ballots since unofficial results were posted on election night, and she hasn't seen anything out of the ordinary.

Some provisional ballots were not counted because the voters were not properly registered, but Suchanic said that is typical.

On Election Day, the York County Republican Committee had investigated reports of a voting machine in Red Lion switching Republican votes to Democratic candidates.

Suchanic said she had reached out to election officials at the polling place where they alleged this occurred, but she couldn't confirm those reports.

Suchanic added that her office has performed a recount, though she couldn't recall when exactly, and that it just consists of recanvassing voting machines and recounting absentee and provisional ballots.

Democrats joining: Clinton's campaign attorney Marc Elias wrote in a blog post Saturday that the Democratic Party would participate in Wisconsin's recount effort.

“Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves,” Elias wrote. “But now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.”

Elias said Clinton would take the same approach in Pennsylvania and Michigan if Stein were to follow through with recount requests those states, even though that was highly unlikely to change the election outcome.

Trump slams recount push as 'a scam,' says election is over

Trump had remained quiet on the potential recounts until Elias's blog post, and he posted 13 times Sunday from his official Twitter account about the efforts.

Among the tweets, Trump pointed out that Clinton has already conceded and that she had responded in horror during their third debate when he had suggested he might not accept the election results if he lost.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in April.

Trump also claimed, with no evidence, that millions of people voted illegally and serious voter fraud occurred in Virginia, New Hampshire and California.

"In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally," he wrote.

Clinton  holds about a 2 million-vote lead in the popular vote as states continue finalizing their results, the AP reports.

Historic numbers: While that might be the case nationwide, Trump definitively received the most votes in York County, both in this election and historically.

With more than 128,500 votes, Trump received more votes in York County than any presidential candidate in at least 15 elections, according to state records.

Trump's next closest competitors were George W. Bush in 2004 (114,270 votes) and Mitt Romney in 2012 (113,304 votes).

Based on percentages, Trump — with 61.8 percent of the vote — was only the sixth most popular presidential candidate in York County history.

He trails Ronald Reagan in 1984 (68.7 percent), Richard Nixon in 1972 (68.2 percent), George H.W. Bush in 1988 (65.2 percent), George W. Bush in 2004 (63.7 percent) and Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 (63.3 percent).

Johnson is the only Democrat in the past 15 presidential elections to receive a majority of York County votes.

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