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Election Advisory No. 2011-16

To: All Election Officials Conducting November 8, 2011 Elections
From: Ann McGeehan, Director of Elections
Date: October 25, 2011
RE: Recount Deadlines for November 8, 2011 General Elections

The regular and expedited deadlines for filing a recount petition for November 8, 2011 elections are below.

The deadline to request a recount for a local race or measure (proposition) election on the November 8, 2011 ballot is 5:00 p.m. of the 2nd day after the canvass is actually conducted, as follows. Please note that candidates are elected by plurality vote unless the law specifically provides otherwise (e.g., statute, home-rule charter, court order).

Filing Deadlines - candidate elections (no runoff) and local measures (propositions)

Wednesday, November 16th (8th day) 5 p.m., Friday, November 18th
Thursday, November 17th (9th day) 5 p.m., Monday, November 21st (Sec. 1.006)
Friday, November 18th (10th day) 5 p.m., Monday, November 21st (Sec. 1.006)
Saturday, November 19th (11th day) 5 p.m., Monday, November 21st
Sunday, November 20th (12th day) 5 p.m., Tuesday, November 22nd
Monday, November 21st (13th day) 5 p.m., Wednesday, November 23rd

Expedited Deadline (for special elections and local elections with majority vote requirement)

Please note that the deadline to request a recount when a majority vote is required and there were more than two candidates for the office, is the later of 2:00 p.m. of the third day after election day or 2:00 p.m. of the first day after the date of the local canvass. If the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal state holiday, the deadline is extended to 10:00 a.m. of the next business day. Please note that the expedited process may apply to a local election (e.g., city, school, water districts) or special elections to fill a vacancy in the legislature which you may be conducting on the November ballot.

For additional information on recounts such as petition requirements and deposit calculations, please see the recount outline and forms posted on our website or you may contact our office via telephone or email to request copies.