York County's final election results confirm GOP dominated municipal election

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
Temporary county worker Doris Feeser sorts and stores items returned from polling sites at the Elections and Voters Office at the York County Administration Building Thursday, November 7, 2019. The final vote tally was released earlier that morning after glitches with the new voting procedure on Tuesday delayed the count. Bill Kalina photo

Finalized York County election results that were released Thursday confirmed Republicans dominated county-level races in this week's municipal election.

Tuesday's election results were delayed because of a shortage of ballot-counting scanners and technical glitches, which caused long lines, incorrect paper ballot sizes and many voters not knowing how to use the new machines, officials have said.

But even before full results came in Thursday, it was clear the GOP performed well. And nothing changed with the new results.

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In the York County Board of Commissioners race, Republican Julie Wheeler still led the pack with 42,601 votes. Republican Ron Smith received 37,245.

The new faces are prepared to make a transition with Democratic incumbent Doug Hoke, Wheeler said. Hoke received 25,305 votes, topping Democratic challenger Judith Higgins' 23,002 votes.

"I've spent the past year listening to residents in the community, engaging county employees and business leaders," Wheeler said. "I have part of it done. Getting in there, there will obviously be a transition plan that will have to occur."

York County Commission candidate Julie Wheeler hugs long-time Republican supporter Jim Phipps of York Township during an Election Day watch party at the Strand Theater lobby Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Bill Kalina photo

In the races for county row offices and a vacant seat on the York County Court of Common Pleas, the following Republicans easily defeated their Democratic opponents.

Judge on the York County Court of Common Pleas: Republican Matt Menges, son of Common Pleas Judge N. Christopher Menges.

Clerk of Courts: Republican Dan Byrnes, son of outgoing York County President Commissioner Susan Byrnes.

Prothonotary: Republican Allison Blew. 

Register of Wills: Local Republican businessman Bryan Tate.

Treasurer: Republican incumbent Barbara Bair.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.