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Recount under way in 36th Assembly District

Posted: December 13, 2012 6:16 p.m.
Updated: December 13, 2012 6:16 p.m.

A recount was under way Thursday to contest the razor-thin result in the race between Republican Ron Smith and Democrat Steve Fox to represent the state’s 36th Assembly District.

In final results from the November election released from the California Secretary of State’s office, Smith trailed Fox, D-Palmdale, by 145 votes out of more than 130,000 cast in the race.

Smith requested a recount, which began began Thursday at 8:30 a.m., according to an order from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office.

Fox has already been sworn in to represent the district, which includes northern portions of Saugus and Canyon Country. He has also received a committee assignment, serving as the chairman of the Select Committee on Community Colleges.

Fox trailed in the days after the Nov. 6 election until provisional ballots were counted. Those were enough to tip the election in his favor.

Smith said Thursday the high number of provisional ballots Fox received “just doesn’t happen.”

“When I was so far ahead (after Election Day) no one, including the Democratic Party, thought I was going to lose the election,” Smith said. “But the provisional ballots came in so skewed that, mathematically, it didn’t add up.”

Fox told The Signal earlier this month that he was aware Smith might contest the election results but that he thought such attempts would be pointless.

“There has never been any impropriety on our side,” Fox said. “I’m not worried about it. I’m going to do my job.”




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