SACRAMENTO, California — Los Angeles County elections officials say a partial recount of ballots has brought no change in the outcome of a special legislative election last month.
Elizabeth Knox, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Registrar, said candidate Susan Shelley suspended her request for the recount after a new tally Monday in the Nov. 19 special election to fill the vacant Assembly District 45 seat.
The official canvass shows Shelley, a Republican, losing to Democrat Matt Dababneh (dah-BAHB'-nay) by 329 votes among nearly 30,000 ballots cast in the district that includes portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Shelley sought a recount only from Los Angeles County, which has the vast majority of district residents. The recount was paid for by her supporters.
"The recount today confirmed that the optical scanners tallied the votes correctly," Shelley said in a statement Monday night, adding, "We had a very close election in the 45th Assembly District, and I congratulate Matt Dababneh and wish him well."
Dababneh's victory restores Assembly Democrats' two-thirds majority.