The process of initiating a recount in the wafer-thin District 7 supervisoral contest is moving forward, as election lawyer Jim Sutton has sent the city a letter listing the things he'd like counted, how he'd like them counted, and requesting the city count up how much this is all going to cost.
Sutton -- representing District 7 resident Linda Plack, who is in turn backed by a consortium of union and labor organizations who are supporting runner-up F.X. Crowley -- is remarkably specific in his three-page letter. As we noted yesterday, ordering up a recount is a bit like pricing out the options on a car; the more you want the more it'll run.
See Also: Prior District 7 Coverage
First, Sutton wants a total machine recount of all the ballots cast --
but not on the precincts' ballot-counting machines, but the "high-speed
400C ballot-counting machines contained at City Hall." Then he'd like a
precinct-by-precinct statement of vote, the ranked-choice voting (RCV)
ballot image, and the RCV paper report. But we're just getting started.
In addition to a machine count, Sutton is hoping for a manual count in 10 individual precincts. He'd also like a manual RCV tabulation for each precinct as well as a "manual tabulation for the results of the 10 precincts as a whole."
He'd like the opportunity to review disqualified absentee and provisional ballots from these 10 precincts, and a copy of the Department of Elections' standards in qualifying such ballots, as well as procedures for ballots with "stray marks, erasures, etc."
Finally, Sutton desires an explanation as to why "such a high percentage of absentee ballots were turned in on election day" in precincts 7711, 7712, and 9755.