York County elections board denies recount petitions

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – York County’s Board of Elections has denied petitions for a vote recount, saying the papers failed to meet the threshold of alleging that an error occurred.

The county received 16 petitions seeking a recount. Under federal law, the county had to address the petitions by Dec. 13.

“To the best of my knowledge, it hasn’t happened in Pennsylvania,” county solicitor Glenn Smith said.

The county received petitions from 10 precincts.

“Underneath the section of the law that applies to this, it required a minimum of three petitions for each precinct. Of those 10, only three precincts met that initial burden,” Smith said.

Codorus Township, Springfield Township, and Hanover Borough met the burden. The petitions also had to be – and were –  verified by affidavit, and the petitioners had to allege an error occurred.

“In those cases, they were all form petitions, and those petitions all contained an affidavit of a professor from Michigan – his last name was Halderman – and in that affidavit, what Professor Halderman alleged was that Russia has the capabilities of interfering with the United States election, and if they wanted to, they could,” Smith said.

But there was never an allegation that something did happen, so the request for the recount was denied. All but one of the petitions were sent out from Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s campaign.

“They were simple forms; fill in your name, fill in your address, fill in your precinct, sign it, and send it in,” Smith said.

So why request a recount at all?

“I think if you listen to all of the rhetoric that happened during the election cycle this year, it had a lot of people questioning what was actually happening. I think there was a lot of misinformation out there as well,” Smith said.

Those who filed the petitions have 30 days to appeal, but the state has to finalize the certification by Dec. 13.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download our News App and our Weather App for your phone and tablet.

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