This vote was literally too close to call for the presiding judge to declare a void; therefore, he called for a new election.
The case at hand pertains to a sheriff’s election in Caddo Parish, Shreveport, Louisiana, where Democratic candidate Henry Whitehorn appeared to have an edge over his Republican opponent John Nickelson by a single vote, as reported by KTAL-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana.
In the aftermath of a recount that tallied three more ballots for both candidates, Whitehorn emerged victorious.
On the contrary, Nickleson promptly initiated legal proceedings to contest the outcomes, filing a complaint that demanded a special election due to allegations of tampering with the voting process and electoral fraud.
Did you know that the Caddo Parish sheriff election was decided by 1 vote?
Henry Whitehorn (D) received 21,621 votes to John Nickleson’s (R) 21,620.
While more than 43,000 votes were cast, only around 7,700 mail-in ballots will be rescanned.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) November 26, 2023
Following the recusal of four judges from the Louisiana Supreme Court on account of their personal relationship with Nickleson, the case was transferred to retired justice E. Joseph Bleich, who rendered a verdict in favor of Nickleson.
Bleich declared the election results null and invalid on Tuesday and mandated a rerun.
“This runoff election involved a one-vote margin,” Bleich wrote in his ruling.
“It was proven beyond any doubt that there were at least 11 illegal votes cast and counted,” he continued.
“It is legally impossible to know what the true vote should have been.”
The response led to anger from Whitehorn’s camp, who suggested that Nickleson had failed to provide “compelling” evidence that the result was fraudulent.
“The judiciary should not decide elections,” Whitehorn complained in a brief submitted to the First Judicial District Court.
“Louisiana courts have made it clear that the results of an election are to be disturbed only under extraordinary circumstances where a plaintiff introduces compelling evidence that is sufficient to change the result in the election.”
Scott Presler, a prominent Republican activist, seized upon the ruling and used it as an illustration of voter fraud that compromised the results of a locally administered election.
Remember when I posted about the recount in the Louisiana Caddo Parish sheriff election — which was won by 1 vote?
A judge just ruled the election results are void.
Justice Bleich said at least 11 illegal votes were cast & counted.https://t.co/axFFeXwvw4
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) December 5, 2023
Conservatives, many of whom remain displeased with the results of the 2020 presidential election and last year’s gubernatorial election in Arizona on the grounds that voter fraud may have determined the final results, are likely to find resonance in this case.
56% of likely voters, according to a recent survey by Rasmussen Reports, believe that election cycle deception in 2024 is probable, with 31% indicating that it is extremely probable.