The Oregon Republican Party
has asked for a partial recount in Multnomah County for the governor's race.
The request came in 15 minutes before the final deadline on Tuesday, according to Secretary of State Kate Brown's spokeswoman, Andrea Cantu-Schomus.
Multnomah County spokesman David Austin says the GOP requested a recount for three precincts in Nob Hill, the Lloyd Center district and Laurelhurst.
A small piece of trivia: former GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Mannix
provided the $45 deposit required for the three-precinct recount, the full cost of which the GOP will pay. Democrat John Kitzhaber
defeated Republican Chris Dudley
by about 22,000 votes in the Nov. 2 election.
Here's an email from Cantu-Schomus
The request was filed Tuesday December 7th at 4:45 p.m. by Brandon Danz of the Oregon Republican Party.
The hand recount will include precincts 1017, 3253 and 3290. These precincts represent about 8,200 ballots cast.
Multnomah County will begin the recount on Monday December 13, 2010 at 8:30 a.m.
No estimates on how long the recount will take or the cost at this time.
“The state has directed us to do a recount in three precincts. We have their directive, and we are going to follow through with it and continue—as Multnomah County Elections always does—to follow state law,” Austin says.
Oregon GOP chairman Bob Tiernan says his organization wants the recount to check the accuracy of Multnomah County's count. The GOP chose the three precincts it wants hand-counted not because of specific concerns but because they are large and should be representative of whether the counting machines did their job properly.
"Since the election, I've probably been asked 60 or 70 questions about the integrity of the system," Tiernan says. "It's just good practice to have a system checked out to make sure it is working and the vote count is accurate."
The whole thing makes us think of this classic scene wondering when things are really over.