Thursday, November 12, 2009

Decision on Recount Due Today

A Pennsylvania Superior Court candidate says he’ll wait until today’s noon deadline to decide whether or not to challenge the results of last week’s election.
Democrat Anne Lazarus leads Robert Colville by about two thousand votes in the race for the final Superior Court seat. She’s in front of Republican Temp Smith by about 33-hundred votes, and Democrat Kevin McCarthy is around nine thousand votes behind him.
Both McCarthy and Colville, a fellow Democrat, have informed the State Department they’ll waive their right to a recount, but Smith spokeswoman Monica Douglas says he may contest the results.

"The fact of the matter is we have gained approximately two thousand votes in the last week. We’re just looking at some of the outlying counties. As far as our threshold is concerned, we don’t really have a threshold. We just want to make sure that every vote counts and every vote is counted."

Douglas says Smith’s campaign doesn’t want to rush a decision.

"There are still some results that we’re actually waiting on—for example Lackawanna County and Erie County."

Department of State spokeswoman Leslie Amaros says Colville and McCarthy’s decision to sit out a recount wouldn’t scale back the effort.

"If there is a recount, the number of candidates that wish to have a recount would not affect the cost."

The State Department says a recount could cost up to 1.3 million dollars.
It would begin as soon as Monday, and conclude on November 25th. If Lazarus wins, she’ll b

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