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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Someone give this woman a watch

Shreveport City Council District B challenger Sheva Sims left the Bossier Parish Registrar of Voters office in a quandary Monday after she requested a recount from the Nov. 7 election but wasn’t present at the scheduled noon re-tally.

“I don’t know what we should do – not do it, do it without her?” Bossier Registrar of Voters Janet Burks wondered out loud at 12:05.

The other witnesses to Bossier’s first-ever recount also questioned the process:

“Does the law require she be here?”

“No, but she requested it.”

“Was parking a problem? Did they go to the wrong place?”


At 12:10 and with no sign of Sims, Bossier Parish Clerk of Court Joan Carraway called Sims’ attorney, who said he wasn’t planning on attending the recount but that Sims was supposed to be there … assuming he didn’t tell her the recount was scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

At 12:15, Carraway called the Secretary of State’s office for guidance. Give Sims another 15 minutes, they said.

Close to 12:20 Sims walked in, apologizing for her tardiness.

“I’m sorry. It took a while. He picked me up late,” she said of Reginald Johnson.

If history repeats itself, incumbent Monty Walford may not have to worry about a lawsuit challenging the election results. Sims has until 4:30 p.m. Thursday to file. Time will tell if she makes that deadline.


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