Riverside County election officials on Thursday will begin the much-anticipated recount of Cathedral City ballots.
The process is being funded by mayoral challenger Chip Yarborough, who has decided to pay $2,800 a day to have the pricier manual recount instead of one that relies on machines.
Yarborough lost to incumbent Mayor Kathy DeRosa by just 13 votes.
“The registrar said that there are chances of the machine missing something,” Yarborough told Desert Sun reporter Tamara Sone. “It’s expensive but people have been calling me saying that I have to do the recount.”
A machine recount would have cost $1,873 per day, according to earlier estimates.
County Registrar Kari Verjil told The Desert Sun that that first day of a recount is typically the slowest, as election officials and the observers get into their groove.
Yarborough has a team of supporters planning to go to Riverside to oversee the process. He’s also hired a Los Angeles-based attorney to assist.
The recount will continue as long as Yarborough wants to fund it.
If Yarborough calls it off before each of the 12,303 Cathedral City ballots are recounted– as was the case during the 2010 recount of the Rancho Mirage council recount – the certified election results will stand.
The Nov. 6 election results now show DeRosa has 5,729 votes to Yarborough’s 5,716 votes. A third candidate, John David Kauffman got 858 votes.
The current schedule calls for the recount to continue Friday and — if necessary – resume on Monday. Verjil currently has no plans to have her staff work over the weekend.
There is no deadline for the registrar’s office to finish, but it is anticipated the entire recount will only take a few days.
“As a leader of this city, I am looking forward to the election coming to conclusion,” DeRosa said.
Update as of 11:45 a.m. Thursday: The photos in this blog were updated to reflect the activity this morning. The photos were submitted by Yarborough.