November 14, 2009

"Pa. orders recount of Superior Court ballots"

AP/Inquirer, 11/13/2009:
Secretary of State Pedro Cortes is ordering a statewide recount of ballots cast for four open seats on the state Superior Court.

The recount may cost taxpayers as much as $1.3 million.

Cortes ordered the recount after one of three runners-up in a tight race for the last seat on the court , Pittsburgh lawyer Temp Smith , failed to waive his right to the recount. Cortes had given Smith extra time to make up his mind, but the 4 p.m. Friday deadline passed without any word from Smith.

The other two candidates had previously waived their right to a recount.

Cortes directed counties to begin the recount on Wednesday. The recount must be completed in a week and the results submitted to the state by Nov. 30.

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