Blame the recount law, not the candidate

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014 - 9:14 am

Re "For sake of voters and his own party, Perez should pull the plug on recount" (Viewpoints, July 15): California's vote counting system is broken. Botched election night results, Third World-countryish weeks of delay in vote reporting, and now, the lack of an automatic recount for someone who lost by less than 0.0001% of the vote in a statewide election.

It serves all of us -- including the prevailing candidate -- for voters to know that every vote was tallied correctly, even if it takes a few more weeks in the summer. Former Assembly Speaker John A. Perez is doing the right thing -- making sure vote counters got it right.

If the recount law is broken, we need to fix the law, not attack the candidates who are simply following what's on the books. Blame the game, not the players. I'll enthusiastically support whichever Democrat wins, particularly when I know they won their spot on the ballot fair and square.

-- Steve Maviglio, Sacramento



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