- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Taxpayers would pay for future recounts in close statewide elections under a bill advancing through the Legislature.

Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, a Democrat from South San Francisco, says last year’s tight race for state controller revealed what he called deep flaws in the current system, where only those who can afford to pay for recounts can request them.

AB44 would require the state to pay for a full recount if the margin of victory is under 1,000 votes or less than 0.015 percent of the number of all votes cast for that office.

Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach objected that the bill would encourage more recounts while rarely changing the results.

The Assembly approved the bill on a 66-2 vote Tuesday, sending it to the Senate.

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