STATE CAPITOL

Democrats at the state convention elected Alicia Andrews to lead the party through the 2020 elections, but a voting error catapulted the convention into chaos and cast doubt on her victory. Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman file

Oklahoma Democrats will reconvene Sunday to sort out what went wrong Saturday in an election to select a new party leader.

Democrats at the state convention apparently elected Alicia Andrews to lead the party through the 2020 elections, but a voting error catapulted the convention into chaos and cast doubt on her victory.

The unofficial election results showed Andrews, a Tulsa Realtor and secretary of the Tulsa County Democrats, defeated Christine Byrd, the party’s outreach director, by a vote of 287 to 275.

But the number of votes cast in the election was higher than the number of delegates in attendance and the number of proxy votes from people who couldn’t make the convention. It’s unclear the difference in the number of votes, but Andrews won by a mere 12-vote margin.


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