The state Senate has passed a bill adjusting election recount fees. Currently recounts are free if the margin is less than 10 votes with fewer than 1,000 votes cast or less than half-a-percent in larger elections. Requesters pay $5 per ward if the margin is 10 votes in smaller elections or falls between half-a-percent and 2 percent in bigger contests. Requesters pay full costs if it’s greater than 2 percent.
Under the bill, recounts would be free if the margin is less than 10 votes with fewer than 4,000 votes or no more than 0.25 percent in larger elections. Otherwise requesters would pay full costs.
The Senate passed the measure on a voice vote Wednesday. It goes next to the Assembly.