It took a day and a half for the ballot challenges by both sides to be either entered for further research, accepted or denied. According to Lan Diep, he personally think that there were 2 ballots that could be for Manh. But the ballots are being reviewed for clarification.
As of this afternoon, the actual counting has just began.
Lan Diep entering the process with 36 vote lead. The recount takes place manually with one person calls out the vote, one observes and two people tally. The two separate tallies recorded must be the same or the process has to start over.
Councilmember Manh Nguyen took no chance and hired an election lawyer from LA. He has a dozen people monitoring the recount. Lan Nguyen, forever an underdog, is by himself, with 2-3 supporters stopping by checking out the process.
It will take about one week to complete the process. The conventional wisdom is that unless the challenges are in Manh's favor, the manual recount will rarely see any ballot change.