Klaif Challenges County's Certification

By Lenny Roberts

It may or may not be over for Ojai attorney Leonard Klaif, whose 10-vote lead over incumbent Ojai City Council member Carol Smith was erased on Friday after all the provisional votes were counted. Provisional votes are hand-counted after absentee ballots are tabulated. Klaif said Tuesday he wants the county to decertify the results of the 11th-hour comeback by Smith that resulted in his apparent defeat, and demanded a recount at the county’s expense. “How can they certify something that they don’t know is accurate?”

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