City Councilor Ed Flynn (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, Downtown) wants to look at automatic recounts of close municipal elections, following last year's at-large race, in which Julia Mejia won the fourth at-large seat by just one vote.
Currently, city rules require candidates seeking a recount to go through a cumbersome process - they have to collect 50 valid signatures in each of the wards they want a recount for - and within ten days of seeking a recount - which for an at-large candidate means 50 signatures in 22 wards. For a close election, that's unfair Flynn says.
In his request for a hearing to look at changing the rules for close elections, Flynn writes:
Every vote is important and municipalities have the responsibility to provide an accurate count, especially if the margin of victory is narrow. Having a challenging recount process can make it difficult to request an accurate count
He notes that in other cities and towns in the state, the requirement is more typically 10 signatures per ward.
The council will consider Flynn's request for a hearing at its meeting on Wednesday, which will start at noon in its fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.