Perez seeks recount of last month’s close vote for controller

Perez seeks recount of last month’s close vote for controller

California's Former Assembly Speaker John A. Perez on Sunday sought a partial recount of last month's close vote for controller, stressing that a review was needed to make sure that vote was counted as intended.

Last month, Perez (D-Los Angeles) trailed Betty Yee, who is also a Democrat, by just 481 votes for second spot in the race for controller. Given more than 4 million votes cast in the race, the difference is very small.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a member of Republican Party, finished first in the last month's balloting. The top two finishers contest against each other for controller in the general election.

Seeking a partial recount of last month's vote, He said, "As the former chair of the California Voting Modernization Board, I know first-hand how difficult it is to have an error-free counting of the votes. Like all who have waited since Election Day, I seek a final determination as quickly as possible."

In all the fifteen counties where Perez has sought the recount, he topped Yee last month. The list of countries includes large county Los Angeles to very small Lake County. Perez's nationwide margin over Yee stood at 4.8 percentage points.

The former assembly speaker's filing is the biggest recount request in the golden State's modern era. The move is being seen as an expensive, contentious as well as a time-consuming bid by Perez to advance to the general election, which will take place in November this year.

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