Tuesday morning marks a critical climax in the race for the Orleans Parish City Council at large seat. The voting machines will be opened and the results will be verified. What can often be a lackluster affair took on special significance when Stacy Head won by less than 300 votes in the unofficial tally Saturday night, and Cynthia Willard-Lewis refused to concede. The Orleans Parish voting machines are stored at 8870 Chef Menteur Hwy. They have been locked up there since the election wrapped up Saturday night. That election caused jaws to drop in political circles, as Head won by just 281 votes out of the 55,000 that were cast.
As Head celebrated the victory, opponent Willard-Lewis refused to concede, saying the margin of victory amounts to less than one vote per precinct in the city. Willard-Lewis said she wants to see what the official count shows when the machines are opened. “Particularly in the early voting process that had us ahead 60 to 40 percent, so again we want to crunch those numbers. The margin of differential is so tight, we want to make sure that it is correct and accurate,” Willard-Lewis said.