NEW ORLEANS – A recount of City Council District B votes will take place on Monday morning, following a request for the recount by candidate Seth Bloom.
Candidate Jay Banks pulled in 8,016 votes while Bloom pulled in 7,885 votes during the runoff for the City Council District B seat on November 18. Shortly after the runoff, Bloom said that he would not concede and has cited reports of voter irregularities with absentee ballots.
"We just think with 131 votes separating, with almost 16,000 (votes), it would be an injustice to my supporters, not to at least take a look," Bloom previously told Eyewitness News.
The recount is open to the public and will take place in City Council Chambers at 9 a.m.
The Secretary of State’s Office, Orleans Parish Clerk of Court Arthur Morrell’s staff, the Orleans Parish of Election Commissioner and the Registrar of Voters will be present at the recount.
If the recount still results in a Banks win, but Bloom wants to contest that, he will have 24 hours to file a lawsuit in Civil District Court.