Close votes verified in Cameron Parish - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Close votes verified in Cameron Parish

Results from two extremely close races are now verified-- and there will be an election in December to decide who will be police juror in Cameron Parish District 1, where they had a tie.

Election officials and two candidates gathered at the Cameron voting machine warehouse, where they first verified how many voters cast ballots on each machine.

From here it was to the basement of the parish courthouse to verify the results from the mail in ballots.  At one point, it looked like the tie in District 1 might be broken-- but then they realized a ballot that had to be hand counted was added in twice.

Clerk of Court Carl Broussard explains,  if a voter doesn't completely color in the circle, the computer won't read it. "Yes, we were counting it twice and the number came out correct."

 They had one ballot they couldn't count because the voter didn't have the necessary witness signature on it. Says Broussard, "There's no way of saying for sure it would have broken the tie, because the voter might have only voted for sheriff, but there's a strong chance it would have eliminated the need for another election."

Broussard says in such cases, they do not open the ballot. So, there's no way of knowing for sure whether it would have broken the tie, because the voter may not have voted in that race, but it's possible the vote would have broken the tie.

Incumbent juror Sonny McGee wasn't here but challenger Curtis Fountain is satisfied the results reported are accurate. "The count came out correct, so it's a tie."

They also verified the results of the District 5 race where Kirk Burleigh won by just two votes. Burleigh says he was there to watch the vote verification because he was, "Just curious and (wanted) the peace of mind of knowing the results and now you can move forward."

So, the outcome of Saturday's election shows one should never think your vote doesn't count. Two votes or even one vote can decide a race. Says Broussard, "You know, sometimes we're lax in our voting but it is a good lesson for us. Get out and vote."

The election results won't be official until 10 a.m. tomorrow when they are transmitted to the Louisiana Secretary of State.

That runoff election is on December 17th.

Copyright 2011 KPLC.  All rights reserved.

@

@

@

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Former DeRidder resident accused of double homicide in New Mexico previously convicted of manslaughter

    Former DeRidder resident accused of double homicide in New Mexico previously convicted of manslaughter

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:14 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:14:58 GMT
    Dustin Brian Montano (Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)Dustin Brian Montano (Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

    A former DeRidder resident accused of a double homicide in New Mexico was previously convicted of manslaughter in Texas. Dustin Brian Montano, 31, is accused of killing Deborah Martinez and her 17-year-old daughter at an apartment complex in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Thursday. Montano was shot at a Walmart in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Montano was 18 years old when he stabbed Barton Jeffrey Woodard August 2005. Montano was involved in a fight that involved up to six men at a home in S...

    More >>

    A former DeRidder resident accused of a double homicide in New Mexico was previously convicted of manslaughter in Texas. Dustin Brian Montano, 31, is accused of killing Deborah Martinez and her 17-year-old daughter at an apartment complex in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Thursday. Montano was shot at a Walmart in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Montano was 18 years old when he stabbed Barton Jeffrey Woodard August 2005. Montano was involved in a fight that involved up to six men at a home in S...

    More >>
  • Arrest made in Beaumont bombing

    Arrest made in Beaumont bombing

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:59 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:59:28 GMT

    Federal authorities say a 40-year-old military veteran has been arrested in connection with two explosive devices found in southeast Texas in recent weeks according to the Associated Press.  Investigators say they found bomb components and mailing materials linked to 40-year-old Jonathan Matthew Torres to the devices while executing a search warrant Thursday at his Beaumont home.  Torres is accused of mailing bombs that  May 10 outside an Episcopal church, shattering ...

    More >>

    Federal authorities say a 40-year-old military veteran has been arrested in connection with two explosive devices found in southeast Texas in recent weeks according to the Associated Press.  Investigators say they found bomb components and mailing materials linked to 40-year-old Jonathan Matthew Torres to the devices while executing a search warrant Thursday at his Beaumont home.  Torres is accused of mailing bombs that  May 10 outside an Episcopal church, shattering ...

    More >>
  • Crashes causing traffic backup on I-10 throughout SWLA

    Crashes causing traffic backup on I-10 throughout SWLA

    Friday, May 25 2018 5:47 PM EDT2018-05-25 21:47:59 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Multiple crashes throughout Southwest Louisiana are causing heavy traffic backup all along I-10. Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police said they are currently investigating two crashes on I-10 in Jeff Davis Parish. Google Traffic is showing that traffic is especially slow near the Iowa exit. Anderson also said traffic going into Texas is backed up due to an earlier crash near Vinton. Additionally, traffic volume is up due to the Memorial Day weekend, Anderson said. If p...More >>
    Multiple crashes throughout Southwest Louisiana are causing heavy traffic backup all along I-10. Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police said they are currently investigating two crashes on I-10 in Jeff Davis Parish. Google Traffic is showing that traffic is especially slow near the Iowa exit. Anderson also said traffic going into Texas is backed up due to an earlier crash near Vinton. Additionally, traffic volume is up due to the Memorial Day weekend, Anderson said. If p...More >>
Powered by Frankly