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Update 02/10/15 5:15 pm
A recount on the results of the special election for First District supervisor continued Tuesday, with at least a dozen volunteers for the campaign of former state Sen. Lou Correa sifting through thousands of election day envelopes.
Fred Woocher, an attorney representing Correa, said the recount will continue through on Wednesday, although the vote tally has not changed.
The counting of ballots was suspended Monday, but volunteers are still examining envelopes of provisional and absentee ballots for inconsistencies.
At this point, the recount falls to legal arguments over the state election code.
“When an election is this close this process can seem somewhat arbitrary,” said Woocher, gesturing toward a pile of unopened ballots on a nearby table. “Over there are two hundred, some-odd ballots that haven’t been counted because people printed their names instead of signing [the envelope]…and the election code says, you can’t count it.”
Original Article Published 2/9/15 at 11:45 pm
A recount on the results of the special election for First District Supervisor moves into its second day Tuesday, after the first day of counting failed to move the dial on Andrew Do’s election night lead of 43 votes over former State Sen. Lou Correa.
Although vote counting has stopped, Correa’s campaign could still challenge votes by examining campaign materials, specifically the empty envelopes of mail-in and provisional ballots.
While Correa continues to challenge the special election for the First District Supervisor seat, Do has already taken office and started voting at a meeting last Tuesday.
At least fifteen of Correa’s supporters and campaign staff showed up to watch Monday’s recount, a careful and methodological process where election workers examine and count ballots by hand.
By the end of the day, among the 6,250 ballots counted by election workers, twelve were unsuccessfully challenged by the attorneys representing both campaigns.
In challenging votes, each side scrutinizes ballots for irregularities or markings that might change how a ballot is interpreted, or disqualify it altogether.
But with state elections law erring on the side of the voter — giving them wide latitude to make weird marks, but still get their vote counted — votes are rarely thrown out or turned over.
In examining the provisional and absentee envelopes, campaigns check for details like whether a voter signed their ballot envelope, or if they provided the correct voter information corresponding to their registration.
Candidates requesting a recount pay for the process; Monday’s work cost Correa $2,400 and Tuesday will cost him another $589, according to Kelley.