67°

Topics

Debra Bowen
Pérez's challenge a test of California's recount law
Pérez's challenge a test of California's recount law

With just 481 votes keeping him from the November runoff for state controller, former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez filed a request this week to begin machine and hand recounts of ballots in 15 counties, making this the largest recount request in California's modern history. Perez's petition for a recount is understandable, even necessary, given the close margin in the race — the deciding votes were 0.01% of the ballots cast. Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a Republican, finished first in the June 3 primary. Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, a Democrat like Pérez, came in second to advance to the general election. State law allows any voter to request a recount in any county, as...

Loading