All ballots would be recounted in a contested election under a bill heard Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections. Under existing law, if a recount is demanded an initial sample recount is done of ballots from 5 percent of the total number of precincts that voted in the election, or at least three precincts in smaller races.
If the initial recount shows a discrepancy of at least 1 percent or five votes, whichever is greater, a full recount of all ballots may be authorized. Assembly Bill 415 would eliminate the initial recount and require all ballots be re-tallied.
Some concerns were raised on the cost of the change. Candidates who seek a recount are typically required to pay for it upfront.