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Automatic recounts in Los Altos Hills, Mountain View finish with no change in outcomes

Original post made on Dec 24, 2020

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters announced Thursday that automatic recounts of close council races last month in Los Altos Hills and Mountain View have finished with no change in either outcome.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 24, 2020, 3:24 PM

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Posted by ivg
a resident of Rex Manor
on Dec 24, 2020 at 7:42 pm

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Showalter is not an incumbent, as she's been out of office for two years.

Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Dec 25, 2020 at 4:09 am

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Well yes. The secondary headline is also incorrect in reporting that Pat Showalter won the 4th seat by the initial margin of 58 votes. The margin ended up being 74 - according to the article itself. Evidently, the headline is often written by someone other than the author of the article.

Posted by Steven Goldstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 30, 2020 at 3:10 pm

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Maybe there might have to be a BIG change in elections in Mountain View.

Did you see the story "Appeals Rules Against Santa Clara in Voting Rights Act Case" it involves a court order to divide the city of Santa Clara into districts thus having to have those living in them to compete directly and see who gets the majority. You can read the case here (Web Link) and the first story I read about it is here (Web Link)

The ugly truth is that our election system is flawed. Simply choosing City Council winners by ranked elections is not going to hold up if challenged in court. Given the courts have made a decent decision showing it skews elections in the detriment of minority voters.

Maybe the City Council better start working to implement this new idea before a judge orders it?

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