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|Baskin voters asked to return to boths|
Baskin voters will be asked to the polls for the third time to elect a Chief of Police.
The May 2 runoff election between current Police Chief Dan Barber and C.R. "Buddy" Dear ended in an unofficial tie. Each candidate received 36 votes in the election which is scheduled to be validated next Tuesday.
Either candidate has the right to contest the results up until the time of the promulgation by the Louisiana Secretary of State.
Barring a legal appeal, a second election for the post will be held on Saturday, May 30 with absentee voting available from May 16-23.
No new registrations will be permitted for the latest election, according to Registrar of Voters Geneva Cupp.
"I've been here for 23 year and I've never seen anything like this," Cupp said of the tie in vote count.
The 36-vote tie came following a general election where Dan Barber held a one-vote margin over Dear, 29-28.
Dan Chase, a contender in the general election, took 20 votes in the general election where 77 votes were cast. A total of 72 votes were cast in the runoff.
Early voting in both elections was sparse.
Dear and Barber are long-time residents of the community.
Dear pointed out there was a confused reference in The Franklin Sun before the election which attributed Franklin Parish Sheriff's office experience to Chase and not to Dear.
Ties are unusual in political elections with current law providing that a tie vote, "be returned to the people."
The law is unclear, according to parish officials, about what to do if there is a tie a second time.
A total of 177 Baskin residents are registered to vote.