Calexico ballots to be recounted

March 29, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — District 1 County Supervisor Tony Tirado and Diana Harvey of Imperial both will pay Imperial County to recount ballots cast March 5 at various Calexico polling places.

The recount will be conducted Monday in the County Clerk's office.

Tirado is paying to have two precincts recounted; 121005 (Vincent Memorial High School) and 121018 (Kennedy Gardens Elementary School).

He has asked staffers in the clerk's office to concentrate on votes for District 1 supervisor, according to County Clerk Dolores Provencio.

According to certified election results released March 22, Tirado lost his seat on the county Board of Supervisors to Calexico Mayor Victor Carrillo by a total of 251 votes, 2,392 votes for Carrillo to 2,141 for Tirado.


Provencio said the results of the recount will not affect her certification of the election results. As for the possibility of a lawsuit, Provencio said, "At this point I have not been advised of any such action."

Meanwhile, Harvey will pay to have four precincts recounted; 121004 (Calexico fire station #2), 121005 (Vincent Memorial), 121011 (Calexico Methodist Church) and 121013 (Neighborhood House).

Harvey has asked for staffers to specifically concentrate on the race for county sheriff/coroner.

According to certified election results, incumbent Sheriff Harold Carter beat Chief Deputy Ernie Mendoza by a tally of 8,813 votes to 7,236. Harvey was Mendoza's campaign manager.

Provencio was asked if it is common for specific precincts to be recounted after an election. She said, "It's not uncommon but it's the first time in my seven-year tenure here where we've had a request to do a specific precinct. If they request it we can do it."

Wednesday was the deadline to file requests for a recount. Tirado and Harvey were the only people who filed.

While both asked for the Vincent Memorial precinct to be recounted, Provencio said the canvas board members who will be brought in to conduct the recount will count those ballots twice, once focusing on the supervisorial race and once focusing on the sheriff's race.

"We consider them separate requests," Provencio said.

The recount will start at 9 a.m. Monday "here in the office," Provencio said.

Both Tirado and Harvey had to pay $200 deposits on Wednesday. The price for the recount could end up being more than the deposit amount.

Results of the recount will be announced as soon "as we conclude each one," Provencio said.

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