YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — The York County Board of Commissioners issued an apology Tuesday for problems that arose at polls.

The apology followed long waits at some locations where voters had their ballots collected and scanned later on their behalf. Those locations had only one scanning machine.

People complained the process was incredibly arduous and long, with some leaving without voting.

York County recently replaced its touchscreen voting stations. Voters now get a piece of paper with the names of candidates then mark who they’re voting for and feed the paper into the scanner.

The Pennsylvania Republican Party threatened to sue the state, primarily precipitated by the voting issues in York County.

In a news release, the Office of Commissioners said:

“The Commissioners appreciate York County citizens for participating in the municipal election and for exhibiting patience as the county unveiled its new voting system for the first time.”

The commissioners and York County Board of Elections say they are working together to “address this issue for the next election,” the special election on Jan. 14 for a state Senate seat.

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