Faircloth officially files for hand recount of Saturday’s close election
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Attorney and ex-LSU baseball player Jordan Faircloth officially filed paperwork this morning, requesting a hand recount of Saturday’s election tally in the race for a judgeship on the 19th Judicial District Court.
Unofficial results show Faircloth lost the runoff election to former federal prosecutor Brad Myers by just two votes.
The winner will replace retired judge William Morvant.
The hand recount would only apply to the 3,709 paper ballots that the East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters received for this particular election. Those ballots are most frequently sent to voters 65 or over who request ballots by mail instead of voting in person.
“In elections this size, you normally see five to 10 votes move during a recount,” said Faircloth campaign spokesman Lionel Rainey III. “At this point, we don’t know how it’s going to turn out or who the winner will be. We just want to make sure every eligible vote counts and any ineligible votes are thrown out.”
Myers said he is “confident” his victory will be upheld but added the small margin of victory was surprising.
“It gives us a real-life lesson in what we learned in grade school civics that every vote counts,” he said.
The hand recount will take place this Thursday at 10 a.m., elections officials said.
Turnout for the election was just 9.1%, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.
The voting machines that were part of this election will be opened and inspected tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3. The results from those machines will then be compared to what was tallied on election night, Clerk of Court spokesman Fred Sliman said. That procedure routinely occurs after each election.
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