Republican Susan Shelley seeks recount in San Fernando Valley election

Matt Dababneh and Susan Shelley

Dababneh and Shelley campaigns

Democrat Matt Dababneh beat Republican Susan Shelley in a special runoff election to fill a vacancy created when Bob Blumenfield went to the L.A. City Council.

A candidate who narrowly lost a special legislative election in Southern California is seeking a recount.

The official canvass shows Republican Susan Shelley lost to Democrat Matt Dababneh  by 329 votes. But Shelley said Monday that her tally shows elections officials counted 206 more ballots than should have been available to count.

Los Angeles elections officials could not immediately say how long it will take to recount the nearly 30,000 ballots cast in the Nov. 19 special election to fill the vacant Assembly District 45 seat.

The district includes portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. But Shelley wants a recount only from Los Angeles County, which has the vast majority of district residents.

If Dababneh holds on, his victory would restore Assembly Democrats' two-thirds majority.

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