John Perez’s vote recount all set to start

John Perez’s vote recount all set to start

A vote recount requested by former Assembly Speaker John Perez, a Democrat for Los Angeles, is all set to start today, July 11, 2014.

Mr. Perez requested the vote recount after finishing third in the June 3 primary, in which he received just 481 fewer votes than Democratic Board of Equalization member Betty Yee out of nearly 4.46 million votes cast in the state controller race.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a member of Republican Party, grabbed the top spot by receiving more votes than both of the Democrats. It may be noted here that only the top two vote-receivers will advance to general election scheduled to take place in November this year.

The recount has shed light on serious shortcomings of the Golden state's election law, which lacks a provision for an automatic recount in case the final margin is very tight.

It is also surprising that the expense, estimated at around $3 million for a complete statewide recount, has to be paid from a candidate's primary campaign account or by a disengaged third party, which leaves many candidates unable to ask for a recount even when a recount can make big difference. It is for this reason that Perez carefully chose counties for the recount process.

Commenting on the issue, Perez's campaign strategist Douglas Herman said, "This is what happens when the law is broken and there's no automatic statewide recount in a close race."

The soon-to-be started recount is the first recount of votes in a statewide candidate election in modern history of California.

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