Robert Guzzardi’s name will still be appearing on GOP ballots in York County, the county’s director of elections and voter registration said Tuesday.
The Associated Press recently reported that the state Supreme Court ordered that Guzzardi’s name be removed from May 20 primary ballots. That leaves Republican Gov. Tom Corbett without an official challenger for the primary.
But PennLive reported that some counties are taking Guzzardi’s name off, while some are keeping his name on.
York County is one of the counties that plans to keep Guzzardi on, said Nikki Suchanic, York County’s director of elections and voter registration.
“When you start removing names at this late date, I just don’t feel comfortable making the change without jeopardizing the ballot layout for another district,” Suchanic said.
Preparing the voting machines, programming the ballots, proofreading and delivering the machines usually takes about four weeks, she said.
She said York County has 159 precincts and 318 ballot layouts for the primary.
She said they’ll have a notice at each machine, letting Republican voters know about Guzzardi’s status.
So what happens if you vote for Guzzardi in York County?
Suchanic said she’ll count that as a write-in vote.
York County Commissioner Chris Reilly, a Republican, said the situation is “kind of a mess.” He supports Suchanic’s approach.
“My main concern is that the elections office is able to handle the situation, which it looks like they will be able to do,” Reilly said. “…If they post a notice on the machine, that should cover everybody.”
Bob Wilson, chairman of the York County Republican Committee, said Guzzardi’s name being on the ballot may lead to some confusion. But he said Guzzardi always had little chance of winning York County.
“Tom Corbett will win York County, and the vast majority of all Republicans understand and recognize that Tom Corbett is the only Republican that will fend off any Democrat in the November election,” Wilson said.