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Ready for a recount?

Submitted by on 1, June 10, 2008 – 6:00 pmNo Comment

It’s looking increasingly possible that the battle over Measure H won’t end Friday, when elections officials expect to finish counting the remaining ballots from the June 3 election. Now school board President Bill Schaff is saying that he, too, may ask the Registrar of Voters for a recount of the achingly close results if things don’t break his way.

“If we’re missing by three votes, we’re going to demand it,” Schaff told the Chronicle’s Jill Tucker (thanks Eve P!).

The measure’s chief public opponent, Tom Pavletic, told The Island last week that he will ask for a recount if the temporary parcel tax measure passes. So far, the folks from the Yes on H campaign haven’t decided whether they would ask for a recount.

As we reported last week, any voter can ask for a recount after the election results are certified, but they’ll have to pay for it – unless the recount changes the contest’s results. ROV spokesman Guy Ashley said he doesn’t know how much a recount would cost. But superblogger Lauren Do’s giving us a hint. She’s got an article on a December 2004 recount of a local Berkeley ballot measure here (comment #7 if it doesn’t scroll down there for you). Back then, it was expected to cost $3,000 for the first day of the recount, $2,000 for each additional day.

No update, by the way, from the Registrar of Voters today on Measure H: Elections workers were processing some 6,500 provisional ballots today and must still re-make some damaged ballots, Ashley said. It stands just a few votes shy of a win at 66.66 percent or 11,001 votes for, 33.34 percent or 5,502 against. Stay tuned for new numbers on Wednesday.

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