York County Commissioner calls for election date change

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jan 23, 2014 4:00 AM

(York) -- York County Commissioner Christopher Reilly is raising questions about whether it's necessary to hold two elections in the county in nine weeks.

A special election for the open Senate seat in the 28th District is scheduled for March 18th; the primary election is slated for  May 20th.


"There's really no precedent for that short of a time frame here in York County, and conducting two, essentially, countywide elections," says Reilly.

Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley called the special election for the seat vacated by Republican Mike Waugh, who retired to run the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

Reilly is concerned not only about the logistics of holding two big elections in about two months, but also the cost.

"Look we're all state taxpayers, I mean the cost is, to me it's significant. But I think our ability to conduct the electoral process in a competent way is going to be compromised because of the short time frame, and again, having two elections."

"I really can't imagine that major legislative issues are going to be addressed within that period that haven't been addressed over the years."

Reilly says he told the Lieutenant Governor's office about his concerns, but hasn't received a reply yet.

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