LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — A vote recount in the Livingston Parish sheriff’s race is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, the clerk of court’s office says.
The request was made in writing Monday morning by Brett McMasters’ campaign representative, according to Livingston Parish Clerk of Court Chief Deputy Jason Harris.
In the race, complete but unofficial results on the Secretary of State Office’s website show incumbent Jason Ard won with 17,656 votes, 115 more than McMasters,” said Sherri Wharton Haskey, Commissioner of Elections.
Before the request was made, McMasters had congratulated Ard on his reelection Saturday from his campaign’s social media page. A Monday evening post said he had gotten several hundred calls and messages about a recount.
During the recount of the paper ballot, Ard received three additional votes bringing his unofficial total to 1,308. McMasters gained an extra vote bringing his unofficial total is 788.
“We want to clarity, transparency. For the first time, we get a recount. We want the citizens of this parish to accept this result. These are true. We stood here and verified and watched over this process,” said Brent Ballard, Rep of Brett McMasters’ Campaign.
Ard released a statement Monday saying he was aware of the recount request and remains “confident” in the election process.
The Registrar of Voters office says they hope to have this count finalized by noon on Friday.