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.
November 14, 2009
"Pa. orders recount of Superior Court ballots"