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Cuomo wants to set election recount standards

Dec 17, 2019 12:37 am
Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to mandate automatic manual recounts in close elections, his latest proposal for legislators next year. Cuomo's proposal requires a recount in statewide races with a margin of victory of 0.2 percent of all the votes cast or less. Other elections would get recounts with a margin of victory of 0.5 percent or less. "Elections are the foundation of our democracy, and there can’t be any confusion when it comes to their outcomes — otherwise people lose faith in the process," Cuomo said. "Right now decisions about whether to proceed with recounts in closely contested races almost always get bogged down in costly and unnecessary litigation because there’s a hodgepodge of standards around the state.” Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.