A state judge has voided an election where a Democrat won by a single vote after discovering that the balloting was rife with fraud, subsequently ordering a new election.
Democrat Henry Whitehorn won the race for Caddo Parish, Louisiana, sheriff in November, beating Republican John Nickelson by one vote out of the more than 43,000 cast, KSLA reported.
The ruling by retired Louisiana Supreme Court Justice E. Joseph Bleich found that “it was proven beyond any doubt that there were at least 11 illegal votes cast and counted” and that it is “legally impossible to know what the true vote should have been,” the outlet noted.
After an initial recount upheld Whitehorn’s slim victory margin, Nickelson filed a lawsuit calling for a new election, according to KSLA. Bleich was assigned to the case following the recusal of three judges due to affiliations with the candidates, according to the outlet.