York County denies all recount petitions

David Weissman

York County Commissioners voted Wednesday to deny recount petitions filed in nine voting precincts and one from a man who did not identify his precinct.

York County solicitor Glenn Smith. Bill Kalina photo

County solicitor Glenn Smith recommended the commissioners deny each petition for failing to provide an affidavit that made an assertion that there was an error in the original counting process.

Nikki Suchanic, director of the county's elections office, agreed with Smith's recommendation.

Petitions were filed for precincts in Codorus Township, Springfield Township, Hanover, North Codorus Township, Springettsbury Township, York City, Spring Garden Township, Shrewsbury Township and West Manchester Township, according to Smith.

Each of those petitions were identical, Smith said, and appeared to be a fill-in-the-blank form sent out by the Green Party.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein has been pushing for recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, three states where President-elect Donald Trump closely beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

As part of that effort, Stein posted on her website last week seeking at least three voters in each voting precinct to submit affidavits, as is necessary to order a recount under state law.

Smith said at least three voters submitted affidavits for precincts in Codorus Township, Springfield Township and Hanover.

The affidavits included a letter from a University of Michigan professor stating that Russia has the capability to interfere with a U.S. election.

The letter did not, however, assert that Russia did interfere with the election, thus leading Smith to his recommendation of denial, he said.

Stein and the Green Party have continued their effort, asking a federal judge to order a recount in Pennsylvania.

Green Party asks U.S. court to order Pennsylvania recount

York County's election results were finalized Nov. 28. Trump finished more than 60,000 votes ahead of Clinton. Trump won Pennsylvania by just over 44,000 votes.

The one petition, which did not list a voting precinct,  differed from the others but also failed to assert any error, as it simply made reference to quotes the requester had heard from Trump, Smith said.

In a series of tweets last week, Trump claimed, with no evidence, that millions of people had voted illegally and serious voter fraud occurred in Virginia, New Hampshire and California.