LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua has formally filed for a recount of votes in last week's election, a day before the deadline.

Lantigua's lawyer Sal Tabit said he submitted the recount filing Thursday morning, The Eagle-Tribune reported ( ).

The unofficial results from Nov. 5 showed Lantigua trailing his challenger City Councilor Daniel Rivera by 58 votes. A total of 15,210 votes were cast.

Lantigua had said earlier that he would seek a recount. Rivera has claimed victory and urged Lantigua not to challenge the count.

Tabit said he submitted 300 signatures. Sixty signatures, 10 from each of the city's wards, were required for the filing.

Police have been guarding the ballots in a City Hall vault since election night.

Police Chief James Fitzpatrick told City Councilor Mark Laplante that the cost of police overtime to guard the ballots will pass the $25,000 mark by this weekend, the earliest a recount could be conducted, the Eagle-Tribune reported. The newspaper said police also guarded the ballots the last time a Lawrence mayoral race went to a recount 20 years ago.


Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.),