CA15: More time for a recount… if Corbett asks

Contrary to what was reported here last week, state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett has not yet run out of time to request a recount of her apparent defeat in this month’s primary election for the 15th Congressional District.

After Contra Costa County’s results update on Tuesday afternoon, Corbett, D-Hayward, trails Republican candidate Hugh Bussell of Livermore by 430 votes in their battle to finish second after Rep. Eric Swalwell. The second-place finisher, of course, will go on to face Swalwell, D-Dublin, in November’s general election.

A spokesman for Alameda County Registrar Tim Dupuis had said Friday that candidates have five calendar days after the election results are certified – which Dupuis did Friday – in which to request a recount. But Dupuis said Wednesday that because this district spans two counties, candidates actually have five days starting on the 29th day following the election; the 29th day will be July 2, so a recount can be requested up until July 7.

Dupuis said Corbett has not yet requested a recount. Corbett hasn’t returned several calls over the past two weeks seeking comment on her intentions.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Go for the recount, Comrade Ellen! This will ensure your continued popularity with the rank and file of your party.

  • Willis James

    I can’t believe there is a single person who wants a recount.
    Corbett’s cell phone is in for repairs and scheduled to be returned to her on July 8th. Meanwhile she is busy doing “the people’s work”.

  • JohnW

    If it were Eric Swalwell who came in third by that few votes, people would be demanding a recount; I among them. I’m not fan of Corbett and can’t envision that a recount will accomplish anything for her. But if she wants a recount, let her have it. My guess is she won’t.

  • Elwood

    Doesn’t the candidate requesting the recount have to pay for it?

    Maybe she had a moment of clarity and decided it wasn’t worth it.

  • JohnW

    I believe you are definitely right about the first point and probably right about the second.