What was believed to be record-smashing voter turnout in York County for Tuesday's presidential election was actually a snafu, attributable to human error, according the county's director of elections and voter registration.

Earlier reported figures of an 82 percent turnout were wrong, skewed higher because someone in the elections office didn't change the number of voters from the April primary, said Nikki Suchanic, who heads the department.

Wednesday morning's corrected percentage is still higher than the John McCain-Barack Obama race four years ago, which posted a 66 percent draw, she said.

The actual turnout Tuesday was 68 percent. Of the 280,195 people registered, 190,609 turned out to vote, she said.

But the total number of votes cast this year was lower than four years ago, when 197,132 Yorkers cast ballots.

Suchanic said the mistake listing this year's total voter registration as 231,000 was "a hiccup," made because the number of voters needs to be manually updated and it never was.

Bob Wilson, chairman of the York County Republican Party, said anything above a 50 percent turnout is considered good, "but obviously we want it to be as high as possible."

"I think at the end of the day we all want to have a higher percentage of registered voters actually participating."

At Democratic headquarters, Tuesday's turnout was about as expected, said Chad Baker, director of communications and marketing for the York County Democratic Party.


There was a lot of energy to compete with from 2008, a history-making election, but both parties did well getting supporters to the polls this year, he said.

Baker said a strong slate of candidates and competitive local races helped to draw crowds, though they were surpassed by the attention given to the presidential race.

- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.