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Bucks County Election Returns Certified; Tomlinson Edges Davis

November 16, 2018

Contact: Larry R. King, 215.348.6413, lrking@buckscounty.org


The Bucks County Board of Elections today certified the returns from the November 6 general election, with the final results showing a 74-vote margin of victory for incumbent Republican Tommy Tomlinson over Democrat Tina Davis in the hotly contested 6th Senatorial District.

A five-day period for challenging those results now ensues before the second and final certification is issued. Any petitions for recounts may be filed during that five-day period, which ends on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Today’s certification ends a painstaking process by county elections officials, closely watched by advocates and attorneys from both political parties, to check and re-check the numbers from a midterm election that prompted an uncommonly large voter turnout.

According to the certified returns, 64.8 of the county’s 454,301 registered voters cast ballots in last week’s election.

The post-election work of certifying the results has been ongoing since the day after the balloting.

More than two dozen elections workers, closely watched by attorneys, reporters and other observers, worked long hours investigating the validity of provisional ballots, canvassing and computing the returns of all county voting districts, tallying the remaining absentee ballots from overseas civilian and military voters, and calculating write-in votes.

The resulting final count was submitted to members of the Board of Elections today, and signed by County Commissioners Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, chair of the elections board; and Robert G. Loughery, making the certification official.