Record voter turnout

YORK – What appears to be a record voter turn-out for a mid-term election in York County took place this week.

According to the York County Clerk’s office, there are 9,860 registered voters in York County and 5,153 cast ballots in the 2018 General Election.

That is a 52.26 percent turn-out.

And upon reviewing at least the last 20 years, this is likely the highest turn-out percentage for a mid-tern election in recent history.

The first positive thing to note, as far as voter interest, is that in the number of registered voters in York County grew by 61 people in a last minute surge before the registration deadline took effect.

With a 52.26 percent voter turn-out – that’s a big improvement over the Primary Election in May when only 22 percent of the York County registered voters cast ballots.

And that low figure is typically the same for all mid-term elections in this area – and across the state for that matter.

In York County, poll workers said the different locations “were very, very busy” all day, from the time the doors opened at 8 a.m. until they closed at 8 p.m.

And a good number of voters were first-timers, workers reported.

Many longtime election workers said this was likely the busiest mid-term election they had worked in many decades.

And that was certainly reflected in the time it took to count the ballots here in York County. Counting began at 8 p.m., and was concluded at 1:30 a.m. A lot of the time taken in the counting process was due to the extremely large volume of write-in votes for a number of local races.

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