Five days after the polls closed, the county Registrar of Voters finished tallying vote-by-mail ballots in the San Jose mayor’s race. Working throughout the weekend, the ROV finished its count Sunday night and Sam Liccardo maintained a 3,668-vote lead over Dave Cortese.
The San Jose council member has held steady with more than 51 percent of the vote since Election Night. Roughly 14,000 provisional ballots must still be counted, and Cortese has refused to concede until all votes are included.
Since Election Day, however, questions and conspiracy theories have been raised about the accuracy of the vote totals, mainly due to the unusual departure of Joseph Le, the ROV’s former IT Director. Le walked off the job the day before the election. Shannon Bushey, head of the ROV, insists the counting of votes was unaffected by his resignation, but she sent a letter to the Secretary of State’s office on Friday requesting a review of the election results.
“I wanted to assure the public that there are no issues with our vote count, so I thought, ‘Let someone independent come in,’” Bushey told San Jose Inside.
With all that in mind, how confident are you in the reported results for the San Jose mayor’s race? Should there be a recount? Supporters for both Liccardo and Cortese have been camped out at the ROV for the last week observing the counting of ballots.