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Hill Nabs Runoff Spot by 6 Votes, But Miller Vows Recount
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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June 27, 2018

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Tate Hill will face Miguel Arias to become the next Fresno city councilman from District 3 — barring a change in the results from a potential recount.
Fresno County Clerk Brandi Orth released her official final election count Tuesday afternoon (June 26). She will certify the election Wednesday.
Hill finished in second place over third-place finisher Daren Miller by six votes, 768-762.
Because no candidate won a majority, it will be Arias (who earned 29%) and Hill (15.27%) advancing to the November general election.
Unless a recount changes the results. And Miller says he is planning on asking for one.
“I’m confident that the results and the work the county clerk and her team has done,” Hill said Tuesday. “I have confidence that the count is accurate.”
California law does not provide for automatic recounts, even in a race one as close as this one.
However, any voter may request a recount, and it must be made within five days after certification, which would be 5 p.m., Monday, July 2.

Recount Costs

The costs would be borne by the requester and amounts vary. Orth could not come up with a ballpark figure, as costs depend on how many votes the requester wants to be examined.
A requester can ask for any or all of the 32 precincts in District 1 to be recounted. There is also the option of counting mail-in ballots.
At the bare minimum, Orth would convene a four-member recount board, comprised of county voters. They are each paid $150 per day and would be supervised by someone from the elections staff.
The cost would also depend upon how much labor is involved by elections staff to prepare the ballots requested for a recount.
A deposit for the recount is required one day in advance.
Miller is unsure about the breadth of the recount he will request. State law says that if the results change, the county would refund the deposit.

Recount Rules

The recount would be open to the public, subject to space limitations.
After the request and deposit of estimated costs, Orth has seven days to start. But, she must notify all the candidates by overnight mail. In District 3, seven candidates ran to replace termed-out Oliver Baines.
Orth would choose a location that can accommodate representatives of each candidate involved, members of various political parties, citizen groups and media.
The recount would use a voting machine. Any candidate may challenge a ballot. If that happens, staff will set it aside. Orth would determine the ballot’s legality.
Link: State laws on recounts

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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