Friday, May 22, 2015

Sources close to Zarate's campaign have verified he filed for a recount at sometime after 4 p.m. today.  Because there were only two candidates in that race the deadline was 5 p.m. today.  The proper deposit was paid.  The city has 48 hours to review his petition for a recount and then notify him of any defects, whereupon he will have 2 days to correct any mistakes in his petition.

If the total number of votes were to remain the same, he would need 19 new votes to beat Commissioner Tetreau outright without her gaining one vote and in fact losing 19.  The statistical odds are against him, but this is his right and I support it. 

As I have said before I support Texas changing its law to reflect that when the margin is 1% or less the recount is automatic.

Because of the rules I suspect we will not know a recount date until mid-week of next week.  The final cost of the recount is unknown.  Texas requires a deposit of $60 for each precinct.  Early voting is considered just one precinct. 

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1 comment:

BobbyWC said...

I'm not going to allow him to be mocked for exercising his right.

I will not be happy if the result changes, but this is his right.

Yes it is creating anxiety for some. But it seems to me everyone who believes in the integrity of the process would favor a recount when the margin is 1% of less so as to insure it is accurate.

Trust me I will not be happy if the result changes. But I will be happy to know the result was verified so the people will know it was accurate the first time around, which is what I am sure will be the case.

Now if he files an election contest - then based on his claims negative comments might be appropriate - but not for exercising his right to a recount.

I can assure you if the situation was flipped I would not think twice about giving Commissioner Tetreau money to pay for a recount.

Bobby WC