Franklin Foil has requested a recount in the race for state Senate district 15 in Baton Rouge, which ended in an extraordinary second-place tie between him and fellow Republican Steve Carter after election officials apparently mistakenly double-counted a stack of ballots and changed the initial result of an eight-vote Foil lead.
Foil’s attorney wrote in a letter to East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court Doug Welborn that he wanted a recount of “all votes cast (including early voting and absentee votes.”
Officials said Monday a recount, which was expected in the race, would only apply to about 1,500 paper ballots, the vast majority of them absentee ballots. Louisiana’s in-person voting machines do not produce a paper record.
A stack of paper ballots that was apparently double-counted on Saturday turned Franklin Foil’s razor-thin second-place finish in his bid for t…
“While both Representative Foil and I appreciate your, and other election officials’ candor, as to this unusual turn of events, a recount is appropriate for the sanctity of our electoral process,” the attorney, Jack Whitehead, Jr., wrote.
The letter also included a wide-ranging request for public records related to the race. The requested documents include copies of rejected ballots, the identity of vote-counters and correspondence between election officials.
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