YORK, Pa. (WHTM) –York County officials are apologizing for long wait times at the polls but Pennsylvania’s Republican Party threatened to sue the state because of it.
York County was able to show the Pennsylvania GOP that there was no need for a lawsuit. The GOP had originally thought vote collection procedures were not being followed.
There were issues at the polls Tuesday but York County commissioners say they can and will be fixed.
“Had we thought it through a little bit more, we would have had more scanners at our busier polls,” Commissioners Susan Brynes said.
Commissioners point to a lack of scanners and a lack of awareness.
“We had opportunities for people to get used to this, but we still had people show up and didn’t know there was a new process,” Brynes said.
The GOP party blames a lack in state funding.
“The governor has to release funds to the counties so they can buy the kind of equipment they need to accurately count the votes. The problem is voters are trying to cast their ballots, and they are not being accurately counted. We don’t even know if they are being counted,” Republican Party chairman Lawrence Tabas said.
Despite the backups, York officials say all votes were properly accounted for. They say more scanners for paper ballots will be purchased for next year’s primaries. Each machine costs $4,900, but the county says they have no financial concerns.
“Come April, we will have our polling places up and running, and it will be smoother than it was this time,” Brynes said.
The GOP called outcomes from this election chaos.
“This is an absolute fix the governor can do. I’m afraid he would prefer chaos,” Tabas said.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf just signed legislation last week that provides $90 million statewide for new election machines.
A York County spokesperson called the lawsuit threat a political grandstand by the Republican Party.
The party says several other counties had problems, but the Department of State says York was the only county to have notable issues.