Word on the Second Suffolk vote is that 48% to 46% loser Change-Diaz wants a recount. What, do you suppose, might make her think this was not the cleanest, clearest victory for the seven-term incumbent Wilkerson?
- Wilkerson didn't bother getting the 300 signatures to get on the ballot for re-election.
- Thus, she had to run a sticker campaign.
- Voters have to write in the name or take an adhesive sticker the candidate provides, mark the write-in box, and apply the sticker in the right place on the ballot.
- Chang-Diaz thinks Wilkerson is too ethically challenged for office; she joined the sticker campaign for it.
- Boston police officer John Kelleher join in the campaign, also saying Wilkerson was no longer fit for office.
- Republican Samiyah Diaz ran on both Republican and Democratic primary slates, apparently to knock Chang-Diaz off and improve her chances to win in November.
- Nothing prohibits running on two slates for the same office.
The resulting tally with 100% reporting came in at:
Given the hand tallies and bad feelings, a recount seems reasonable.
Well, that's not all that easy either. The Secretary of State has the steps and forms.
For Boston wards:
- A candidate filing for recount has six days from the election to file the forms for a recount.
- Then the candidate has four more days to gather enough voters signatures supporting the request.
- In this case it is 500 verifiable signatures of voters.
- The signatures must be at least 50 in each ward.
- The 10 wards are spread from parts of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, Dorechester, Fenway, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury and the South End.
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