Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 11/22/2010 04:47:55 PM PST

POMONA – Three weeks after the Pomona City Council elections are still being counted and the margin in the District 5 race is a close one.

In the most recent election result update, made available late Friday, by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Record/County Clerk District 5 Challenger Ginna Escobar is ahead of Councilman Tim Saunders by 63 votes.

In such a close race Saunders could request a recount but he would have to pay for it, said Pomona City Clerk Marie Macias.

Although he hasn’t made a decision on whether to pursue a recount “I’m giving that serious consideration,” Saunders said Monday.

Some residents have spoken with him about a recount as well as about raising the $8,000 needed to pay the
necessary costs associated with requesting and paying for a recount, Saunders said.

That kind of interest from members of the public “makes me feel pretty good,” Saunders said.

If Saunders chose to pursue a recount he would have to submit a request to the county within five days after the canvas is completed, according to the California Elections Code.

Elections results are not official until the canvas of the election has been completed and that takes 28 days, said Eileen Shea, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

The canvas is expected to be completed Nov. 30 and at that point the results will be presented to the Board of Supervisors before going to state Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

“When she approves (the results) they become official,” Shea said.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, county elections officials must report final results by Dec. 3.

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