If you haven’t been paying attention to the SD-40 race, you may want to take another look. The lead for Juan Vargas (boo) over Mary Salas is now sitting at 12 votes.
The votes are pretty much done being counted in the three counties in the district, San Diego, Imperial and Riverside. But, there’s one big hitch: Riverside County has 12,000 votes that they’ve not yet counted because they were picked up from the post office late.
The Riverside County Democratic Party and three voters filed a lawsuit today over the more than 12,500 ballots that have not been counted in the June 8 election.
In the lawsuit, Moreno Valley residents Naomi Ingram, Sherry Lynn Riegel and Jennifer Christina Riegel contend they mailed ballots on time. But the registrar of voters failed to pick up their ballots from a U.S. Postal Service facility in Moreno Valley due to a miscommunication, they said in the lawsuit. (Riverside P-E)
Interestingly, Republican Supervisor (and former Senator) John Benoit said that he was lining up a plantiff to sue if nobody else did. If the allegations are true, which are essentially that the elections department failed to do one of their basic tasks, picking up the completed ballots.
While it isn’t clear how many of those votes are in the district, but with only 12 votes separating the two, it won’t take that many. Of course, we just might see a recount on this race as well. And if the separation stays this low, who knows what we’ll get a final answer here.
UPDATE: The court has set July 9 as the date for a hearing.