This summer's hotly contested race for state controller exposed the unfairness of California's outdated election recount laws. Fortunately, one person who was paying attention was Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-San Mateo. Mullin has just introduced a new bill, AB2194, to create a process for an automatic recount in California.
The state needs an automatic recount process. Twenty other states, plus the District of Columbia, have an automatic recount standard. Automatic recounts are funded by the taxpayers. In California, current law allows for a recount only if someone else - usually the losing candidate - is willing to pay for it.