Hayti mayoral race heads to round two after election day error

Hayti mayoral race heads to round two after election day error
By: Ryan Tate
HAYTI, Mo. - Hayti voters will head to the polls April 24th for the second round of elections for Hayti Mayor.  Pemiscot County Judge Fred Copeland ordered the re-election, after it was discovered at least 24 voters in "Rural Hayti" voted for the Mayor's race.

The election between Mayor Richard Ashbaugh and Alderman Bobby Watkins ended with Watkins winning by twelve votes. "It's frustrating. For both us," Mayor Ashbaugh said. "It's a one of a kind election. There have been so many twists and turns. I don't see anything else even coming close to it," Watkins said.

Pemiscot County Clerk Larry Ray says "Rural Hayti" voters do not vote on many city issues. They do vote on issues involving the school, though. Ray says Judge Copeland ruled the Mayor's race was so close, the city should have a re-election. "It's put my whole life on hold. It's a small sacrifice for the good of the city," Watkins said. "If I had lost, and lost fair and square, I'd have walked out. But I don't feel it was a fair election," Mayor Ashbaugh said.

The judge ruled no other Hayti election will have to be redone.