Prior to the adoption of Ord. 21092 on 09/19/2011, Section 8-12 read as follows.


    (a) Automatic recounts--Candidates. In the case of any election in the city in which the difference in the number of valid votes cast for the candidate receiving the highest number of valid votes and the number of valid votes cast for any other candidate for the same office is twenty-five (25) votes or less, or one (1) per cent or less of the total number of valid votes cast for that office, then all such "other candidates" shall be entitled to an automatic recount of the ballots cast for such office upon presentation of a petition to that effect to the city clerk within two (2) days of such certification election, and such recount shall be at the total expense of the city.

    (b) Same--Propositions and resolutions. In the case of any election in the city in which a proposition or resolution is presented for approval by the voters and the difference in the number of valid votes cast for passage of such proposition or resolution and the number of valid votes cast against passage of such proposition or resolution is twenty-five (25) votes or less, or one (1) per cent or less of the total number of valid votes cast on such issue, then there shall be an automatic recount of the ballots cast for such issue upon presentation of a petition to that effect signed by one hundred (100) qualified voters to the city clerk within seven (7) days of such election, and such recount shall be at the total expense of the city.

    (c) By petition. Any candidate for a city office shall be entitled to a recount of the ballots cast, regardless of the difference in the number of ballots cast, upon presentation of a petition to that effect to the city clerk within two (2) days of such election, and such recount shall be at the expense of the candidate.

(Code 1964, § 8.250)