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Only 36 Votes Separate the Candidates 
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters’ Office will conduct an automatic recount in the San Jose City Council District 4 contest. Only 36 votes separate the two candidates in that race.
Per the direction of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, the Registrar of Voters’ Office is piloting an automatic recount program for the June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary Election. The following conditions are required to trigger a recount:
-       The district in which the contest is being held is entirely within the boundaries of Santa Clara County;
-       The contest is not for any state or federal office; and
-       The margin of victory for the candidate(s) is within 0.5% of the total number of ballots cast or 25 votes.
For the purposes of determining whether to conduct a recount, the margin of victory will be defined as the difference between a winning and a losing candidate. The costs incurred due to a recount pursuant to this pilot program will be paid for by Santa Clara County. 
The automatic recount will take place beginning Monday, July 11, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at the Registrar of Voters’ Office. The recount is expected to take between one and two weeks. A total of 28 staff members will work on the automatic recount from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, until it is completed. 
The final results for the June 7, 2016 election were certified by the Registrar of Voters on July 7, 2016, as required by state law. The certified results are posted online at The recount will change the certified results only if it reverses the outcome of the election, i.e., if the winning candidate changes.
For more information, contact the Registrar of Voters’ Office at 1-408-299-VOTE (8683) or toll-free at 1-866-430-VOTE (8683), or visit
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Posted: July 8, 2016
Last updated: 6/22/2017 12:58 PM