Orange County election officials Tuesday will review ballot envelopes, supplies and any other materials used in a special election for a seat on the Board of Supervisors.
Former state Sen. Lou Correa requested the review after stopping a recount following an examination of 6,250 ballots Monday that resulted in no changes in the totals in the race, which Andrew Do won by 43 votes, said Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley.
Correa told City News Service last week that he is not focusing on trying to change the vote count, but rather to determine if there were any problem votes that could lead to overturning the results.
Correa needs to gather enough evidence of voting problems to take his case before a judge to try to get the election results overturned.
Correa spent $2,400 on Monday’s recount. Analyzing the election materials will cost $589, Kelley said.
When all the precincts were counted for the Jan. 27 special election, Do had a two-vote lead. The margin expanded by 237 in a count of vote-by-mail ballots dropped off at polling places on Election Day. The count of provisional ballots carved deeply into Do’s lead until Correa fell 43 votes short.