After narrowly missing out on the chance for a runoff, a longtime Juvenile Court judge on Friday requested a review of early and absentee votes cast in the East Baton Rouge Parish primary voting cycle.
Judge Kathleen Stewart Richey, a Democrat who became the parish’s first Juvenile Court judge in 1990 and has remained on the bench since, filed a formal letter with the Clerk of Court’s Office to request the review.
Richey lost to Republican challenger Adam Haney after the first-time political candidate earned just enough votes to win the primary election outright. Haney received 44,462 votes, or 50.38 percent, compared to Richey’s 31,549 votes, or 35.74 percent.
Dedrick Moore, another Democrat in the race, earned 12,250 votes, or 13.88 percent.
A 50 percent majority, plus one or more votes, is needed to win a primary election outright in Louisiana.
Had Haney received 400 fewer votes out of the more than 88,000 cast, he and Richey would have been forced into a December runoff election.
Richey’s camp is hoping this review, which is less stringent than a full-on recount request, will turn up a change in the figures that would force a runoff.
“I feel strongly that I owe the public that I serve, the dedicated voters of East Baton Rouge Parish who supported my re-election, and the children I’ve passionately advocated for throughout my professional life, the assurance that every vote is counted and reported accurately,” Richey said in a news release.
Although the voting totals won’t be official until later next week following signatures from members of an election board, standard reviews thus far of the votes cast haven’t revealed any glitches or miscounts, said Fred Sliman, a Clerk of Court’s Office spokesman.
Jason Redmond, Richey’s campaign spokesman, said Richey’s team is not making any accusations of wrongdoing by filing the request.
“We simply aim to ensure that votes properly cast were also properly counted,” Redmond said.
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