The LA Times has a story, following up on the recount controversy in the OC. The legal issue involves how electronic votes in California should be recounted in a situation like this, quoting from the story:
Trung Nguyen sued, contending, in part, that there wasn’t a full recount because the paper records of election-day electronic votes weren’t counted by hand, as one section of the election code requires. Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley allowed Janet Nguyen to choose how the electronic vote was counted based on another section of the code that leaves the decision up to the candidate paying for the recount.
Rick Hasen is later quoted in this piece as saying about the California election code, “The election code is full of contradictions.” That’s an accurate assessment, and a great quote to keep on hand!