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Secretary of state candidates call for changes in recount law
Secretary of state candidates call for changes in recount law

Both candidates vying to be California's next secretary of state say the controversial recount in the controller's race demonstrates the need to change election laws. Sen. Alex Padilla, the Democratic candidate from Pacoima, called the process "embarrassing." Pete Peterson, a Republican who leads a public policy institute at Pepperdine University, said recount laws are "a mess." The recount was called by Assemblyman John A. Pérez after he finished 481 votes behind Betty Yee, a Board of Equalization member, in the June 3 primary. The two Democrats are vying for the chance to face off with Ashley Swearengin, the Republican mayor of Fresno, in the...

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