LAWRENCE — Mayor William Lantigua said calls from "thousands of people" persuaded him to ask for a recount of his narrow and still unofficial loss last week to Daniel Rivera.
"I'm requesting an official and general recount of all the votes cast," Lantigua during the a 20-minute speech on Spanish-language radio station WLLH AM 1400. "If, after each and every one of the votes and the doubts voters have are cleared, and if the results are not favorable to our candidacy, we will be the first ones to accept the results and offer our collaboration for the welfare of our community."
Lantigua made reference to reports of the jamming of voting machines and said, "The democratic process of the United States, the same which has allowed me to speak to you today as your mayor, says that the legitimacy of an election does not end until the last doubt of the voters and every vote has been counted. ...
"The calls from thousands of people who were disillusioned with the process led me to ask for a recount. I've remained silent until now waiting for a final decision from the authorities."
Lantigua trails Rivera by 57 votes out of more than 15,200 after gaining a net three votes when some provisional and absentee ballots were counted late last week.
"This is just postponing the inevitable," Rivera said in a Twitter message.
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