What’s the state’s process for recounts?


Will there be a vote recount in the mayor’s race in Scott? 

Mayor-elect Jan-Scott Richard beat out longtime Mayor Purvis Morrison by about 23 votes.

In Louisiana, to request a recount a candidate must submit a written request to the parish clerk of court.

Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court Louis Perret says the deadline to get that request to him is Friday, November 9 at 4:30 p.m. “If that would occur, the Board of Election Supervisors would call for a quick meeting to handle the recount in a couple of days time,” Perret said.

UL Lafayette Associate Professor Dr. Pearson cross talk about the number of reasons for a recount. “Allegations of voting problems like where polls were not open or votes may or may not be counted.  All those things can trigger looking back at the vote totals,” Dr. Pearson stated.
According to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website, the clerk of court is required to post notice of the time and date of the recount and the candidate requesting it. 

“It’s something but not nothing.  One would hope that margin would still stand-up at a recount,” Pearson said.

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