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San Jose lawmaker introduces bill requiring automatic recounts

After a controversial congressional recount spurred by dark money, one lawmaker is introducing a bill to mandate automatic recounts for statewide elections with tight margins. Assembly Bill 996, authored by Assemblymember Evan Low, calls for any statewide election with a margin of less than 25 votes or 0.25% of the cast ballots to be subjected to an automatic recount, which mirrors Santa Clara County’s automatic recount policy for county elections. The bill would also require contributors who spend $10,000 or more on voter-requested recounts to be reported to county election officials and publicized within 24 hours. Related Stories May 21,…

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