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Sat Jan 30, 2021, 10:46 PM Jan 2021

Louisiana Republican Party struggles with counting votes in chairman election

The Louisiana Republican State Central Committee upheld an election for state GOP chairman Saturday (Jan. 30), even though there was confusion over whether everyone who cast a ballot was eligible to vote.

Louis Gurvich easily beat state Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, on an 134-61 vote to remain chairman for another term. There were 195 votes cast in the election, though state party officials initially said there were only 190 eligible votes for the contest.

“It didn’t matter to the result of the election, so we just accepted the outcome,” Gurvich said of the vote discrepancy in an interview after the meeting.

In the next contested race, for GOP party secretary, Republican committee members were asked to come up one-by-one to cast their votes in order to avoid having too many ballots again. They also didn’t initially announce the results of the chairman election, only saying that Gurvich won by a “substantial margin.”

Then, GOP officials retroactively changed the number of people who could vote in the chairman’s race — from 190 to 195 — such that it matched the number of ballots tallied.

The 230 members of the Republican State Central Committee are qualified to cast ballots in the chairman election. The central committee members are elected by registered Republican voters in districts that span the state. If they cannot attend a committee meeting in person, some committee members are eligible to tap others to vote on their behalf. Members said that accounted for the confusion.


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Louisiana Republican Party struggles with counting votes in chairman election (Original Post) RandySF Jan 2021 OP
Republican vote count problems? You don't say! dchill Jan 2021 #1
Hah!1 UTUSN Jan 2021 #2
Stop the steal? keithbvadu2 Jan 2021 #3
No honor among thieves. Or the Radical Republican Reich. Hermit-The-Prog Jan 2021 #4
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