Signatures collected for Port Allen mayor recall

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Just after 8 a.m. a recall petition notice was filed at the West Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters Office against Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.

For the first time in the history of West Baton Rouge politics, a local elected official is in the process of being recalled. Mayor Deedy Slaughter is the fifth Port Allen Mayor in the last two and a half years, and perhaps the most controversial; to the point where five long-time employees of City Hall have resigned and a recall petition is on the cusp of getting passed.

"My process is in place, now the recall committee in their letter has notified me that on Tuesday they will be submitting me the actual recall petition on Mayor Demitric Slaughter," said Stacy Ryan, West Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters.

Ryan will have to certify 1,273 signatures in order for the recall petition to have any chance of getting to the next level. Those behind the petition are said to have that many and more.

For those who still want to sign or want to strike their name from the list, can do so next week.

"Within the first five working days of me receiving the petition, any voter can come in and add or strike their name from the petition. So if they didn't sign it and they wish to, they can add it or if they didn't and want to remove it they can do that," said Ryan.

After Stacy Ryan certifies the signatures on the recall petition, she says she will hand deliver it to Governor Bobby Jindal herself.

By law the recall committee must submit a notice before actually delivering the signatures. The notice was given Wednesday, August 28, 2013 and the petition will be dropped off on Tuesday.

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