Representatives for candidate Brian M. Danzl delivered a cashier's check for $12,567 to Sacramento County elections officials on Tuesday to launch a recount that backers hope can overcome a three-vote margin of loss in last month's Rancho Cordova City Council election.
Brad Buyse, county elections spokesman, said the recount began at 11 a.m. The check is expected to cover the county's recount preparations so far as well as the work done Tuesday.
About a dozen people are observing the work, Buyse said. Those efforts include examining provisional and vote-by-mail ballots that are facing challenge. The results of early work could help recount advocates decide whether to proceed further.
If the recount work continues today, Buyse said, another cashier's check for $4,484 will be required for the day's work.
Buyse noted that only a full-scale recount can change the outcome of any contest.
Three City Council seats were on the ballot in the Nov. 6 election. And returning Councilmen David Sander and Robert McGarvey, along with third-place winner Donald Terry, were declared winners and were sworn into office last week.
Danzl, who placed fourth in the contest, received 7,780 votes. Terry received 7,783 votes.