Assembly Speaker emeritus and Democratic Controller candidate John Perez announced over the weekend that he would seek a recount to determine who finished second in the June election. Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, another Democrat, beat Perez for second place by 481 votes. The second place finisher will face Republican Ashley Swearengin in November.
Perez wrote to his supporters, “Never in California history has the vote difference between two candidates for statewide office been so narrow, 481 votes or 1/100th of one percent, out of more than four million ballots cast. It is therefore of the utmost importance that an additional, carefully conducted review of the ballots be undertaken to ensure that every vote is counted, as intended.”