Monday, 27 November 2017 20:44

Irregularities in New Orleans Council District B race; Seth Bloom congratulates Banks

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bloomThe highly-combative and hotly contested race for Council District B in New Orleans has been challenged and certified with Seth Bloom claiming there were numerous irregularities but also stating the impossibility to determine the outcome notwithstanding the errors.

Thus, Bloom congratulated the winner in the race, Jay Banks.


Seth Bloom, the runner up in the District B council race, issued the following statement following today’s certification of the November 18th election results.
This was a hard-fought race and obviously very close. Our volunteers and supporters never gave up, working tirelessly to the very last hour on election day.  With a switch of only 66 votes changing the outcome, I felt an obligation to my supporters and the voters of District B to make sure the process was fair and accurate. I also ran on a platform of transparency and accountability, so we wanted to make sure the process was handled appropriately by the officials responsible.  In our review and analysis of the election results we uncovered that there were a significant number of discrepancies and irregularities.
We owe it to the citizens of New Orleans to make changes to increase transparency and voter confidence in the election process. For instance, to at least avoid the appearance of a conflict there should be a review of the policies of the Board of Election Supervisors.  Individuals should not arbitrate the outcome of an election involving a candidate they have publicly supported.  The rules which prohibit judges from participating in politics would seem more appropriate. 
We appreciate the assistance we received from those involved in the recount. Though we did find concerning irregularities in the numbers, there was no way to determine which candidate received those votes or if it would have changed the outcome. The results are now official and I congratulate our new District B Councilman, Jay Banks.  Jay has my full support in working to improve our district and our city. To my many dedicated volunteers and supporters, I must again express my sincere thanks and deep appreciation for their unwavering commitment.  I also want to give a special thanks to Eugene Ben-Oluwole, Dr. Catherine Love and Dr. Andre Strumer for their support and personal commitment to improving our district.
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