By Miriam Raftery; Michael Allen also contributed to this story
Photos by Erik Herrara
December 15, 2020 (Santee) – Yesterday’s recount in the Santee District 4 City Council race took place at the Registrar of Voters. Each candidate picked up one additional vote from ballots that were not previously opened or counted, but it didn’t change the outcome. Dustin Trotter officially has 3,920 votes – a mere five vote margin over Samm Hurst, with 3,915.
The San Diego County Democratic Party agreed to terminate the recount after only minimal changes in the vote count once untallied ballots were examined.
According to Assistant Registrar of Voters Cynthia Paes, a little over 1,000 ballots were recounted, out of around 8,000 cast in district 4. The full-day recount involved about 25 staffers. Both sides challenged ballots; out of nine that were uncounted and unopened, and after adjudication by Registrar Michael Vu, three were opened and counted. Besides one vote found for each candidate, a third untallied ballot was opened and found to have neither candidate marked in the Santee Council race.