Lawrence Mayor William Latingua has requested a recount of last week's mayoral election. Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro
Lawrence Mayor William Latingua has requested a recount of last week's mayoral election, which saw him lose to challenger Daniel Rivera.
The results of the election showed that Latingua lost to Rivera by 57 votes, according to the Lawrence Eagle Tribune. But Latingua, who made a speech on Spanish-speaking radio station WLLH AM 1400, says the results may have been compromised due to voting machine problems in South Lawrence and therefore deserve a second examination.
“From this moment on, I’m requesting an official and general recount of all the votes cast,” Lantigua said. “If, after each and every one of the votes and the doubts voters have are cleared, and if the results are not favorable to our candidacy, we will be the first ones to accept the results and offer our collaboration for the welfare of our community.”
Meanwhile, Rivera says Latingua is just putting off his loss.
”He is in for a fight. We fought for every vote and will protect every one of them,” Rivera said. “He’s the only one who thinks I didn’t win. The reaction from the street has been positive. He doesn’t want to admit he lost.”