Election Review Confirms Liccardo’s Mayoral Win

Sam Liccardo's victory in the San Jose mayoral contest was confirmed Tuesday, putting to rest suspicions that there were errors in the vote count.

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters hand-counted 1 percent of ballots in the race, a final step in any election. The office reported no mistakes in the original machine-tallied votes. Manual counts in all other local Nov. 4 races also confirmed their accuracy.

The final hand-count is routine, but it became more scrutinized this year when concerns were raised after the registrar's head IT director quit right before the election.

The registrar's office also faced criticism because this was the second-slowest county in California to count election-night results. Second only to Mono County, a rural, sparsely populated region in Central California.

Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey originally asked for the Secretary of State to conduct a review to validate results. But state officials determined that the 1 percent tally would be sufficient.

Confirmed results show that Liccardo garnered 91,840 votes, which comes out to 50.8 percent of the vote. His opponent, County Supervisor Dave Cortese, finished with 89,090, or 49.2 percent.

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