You’ll recall that for weeks after the June primary the fate of Proposition 29 remained unclear because the vote was too close to call. While supporters of the initiative eventually conceded defeat, there’s a new twist: supporters have requested a recount in parts of Los Angeles County. The vote was very close and a supporter of the campaign filed the request just before the deadline in order to re-examine the votes in 191 precincts.
Only a little over 5 million Californians voted in the primary and the margin on Prop 29 was just 29,565 votes. The Bee reports that “Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said his department will begin the recount process, tallying the ballots electronically before starting a manual count midweek. He said he expects the cost of the recount, which could take more than a week, to break down to about $5,700 a day. The campaign requesting the recount must cover that amount in daily deposits, though taxpayers pick up the tab if the process changes the outcome of the election.”
You’ll recall that if Prop 29 passed, it would have increased the tobacco tax to fund cancer research. Tobacco companies bankrolled the campaign to defeat the measure.
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