Twenty days after the polls closed, the Riverside County Registrar of Voters certified the results of the election on Monday. The final tally came in at 3:17 p.m. and was sent on to the Board of Supervisors.
The California Secretary of State tracks the counting of ballots and, as of 5 p.m. today, showed 21 of the 58 counties were done tallying.
Two Coachella Valley candidates had come-from-behind victories that look like prime candidates for recounts:
Cathedral City Mayor Kathy DeRosa finished with 5,729 votes (46.57%) over challenger Chip Yarbrough’s 5,716 (46.46%) — a 13-vote difference.
Palm Desert challenger Susan Marie Weber finished with 6,153 votes (15.83%) to incumbent Mayor Pro Tem Bill Kroonen’s 6,108 (15.71%) — a 45-vote gap.
Under state law, here’s how recounts work in California:
- Any voter can ask for a recount.
- The person requesting the recount foots the bill.
- The voter must file a request with the Registrar of Voters office within five days after election results are certified. (The deadline in this case is Dec. 3.)
- Recounts are public and must begin within seven days of receiving the request.
- Any ballot may be challenged for ambiguity, incompleteness or other defects.
- Recounts continue daily — not including weekends or holidays —for at least six hours every day until finished.
Registrar Kari Verjil hasn’t been able to provide a cost estimate for what a recount would cost today in these specific races.