Shelley Requests Recount in 45th Assembly District Election

The republican claims 206 more votes were counted than were available to count.

By City News Service

Republican Susan Shelley Tuesday requested a recount in the 45th Assembly District special election, claiming an apparent discrepancy of 206 more votes counted than were available to count.

"I believe the discrepancy may be an indication of errors in the count," Shelley said. "It may be that these questions will be cleared up quickly, but in an abundance of caution, I have asked for a recount."

The deadline to request a recount was 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Democrat Matt Dababneh defeated Shelley by 329 votes in the Nov. 19 election in the West San Fernando Valley district.

There was no immediate response to a request for comment from the Dababneh campaign made late tonight.

Shelley also said that during her investigation of the election returns she "discovered that over 1,800 vote-by-mail ballots that were logged in as 'returned' and included in the county's vote-by-mail reports were actually undeliverable ballots that had been returned by the U.S. Postal Service."

"I believe this should be investigated further to see if this was the result of errors by the USPS or whether these voters should be removed from the voter rolls," Shelley said.

Andrea R. December 03, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Sore loser ..... There really should be some sort of election reform so there are no more elections for just one position. First there was a primary and then the run-off for this Assembly position. How much money was spent to put on these elections. There should be a way to have an interim member appointed until there is an election having severaly positions up for grabs. There are very few voters who participate in these 'mini' elections. How much more money will be spent for this re-count???
Marsia December 04, 2013 at 12:33 PM
In Burbank they vote by mail for this type of election. Husband and I voted by mail. It should be encouraged by including a pre-paid envelope. Would greatly reduce the paper waste of setting up so many polling places and labor costs.


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