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Discovery recount in Peoria mayoral race pushed back as Montelongo requests more paperwork

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PEORIA (HOI) — The discovery recount for the Peoria mayoral race that was scheduled to be held Tuesday is being delayed after candidate Jim Montelongo made a request for ballot applications and voter affidavits.

Montelongo came up short in the April 6 election with 8,197 votes to Rita Ali’s 8,240, according to official results from the Peoria County Election Commission.

The applications and affidavits requested are for the precincts that were already requested in the petition for the discovery recount.

"We have to go through and sort all the ballot applications all the voter affidavits by precinct because they're entitled to look at those 23 precincts," Executive Director Tom Bride said. "And so they weren't sorted by precinct, so we are in the process of doing that."

Montelongo’s request pushed back the recount to 9 a.m. May 10, as it will take about three days for the Election Commission to gather the paper work.

Montelongo’s representatives said they were under the impression those documents had already been prepared.

Ali is set to be sworn in as Peoria’s next mayor at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

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