Despite the rush to announce who won a particular race, or what proposition passed or failed, the ballot counting process doesn’t become official for nearly four weeks.
“There is a time frame,” explains Sacramento County’s Registrars Voters Jill Lavine. “I have 28 days to certify the election.”
Only then can a candidate ask for a recount.
“There is no set percentage that will trigger a recount,” noted Lavine. “ It has to come from the campaign or the candidate.”
And they pay for it. A recount can cost, on average, about $6,000 per day.