Port Allen Mayoral recall election, first in history

Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter
Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Port Allen Deedy Slaughter is the first ever elected official to face a recall election in West Baton Rouge Parish.

The petition to recall Mayor Slaughter was filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State on June 7, 2013.

On September 2, 2013, more than 1,500 signatures were delivered to the West Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters. Just six days later, Registrar Stacy Ryan certified 1,387 of those signatures. Only 1,273 were needed, which is 1/3 of all registered voters in Port Allen.

On September 20, 2013, Governor Bobby Jindal certified all signatures and set an election date for November 16, 2013.

If Mayor Slaughter is recalled, she will have 10 days to contest the results of the election. Her last day in office would be November 25, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

City council members would then have 20 days to appoint Mayor Slaughter's replacement. If the council fails to appoint an interim within those 20 days, Governor Bobby Jindal will appoint the replacement.

The official election for a new mayor would be held April 5, 2014. Deedy Slaughter would be eligible to run for re-election.

There are a total of 4,053 registered voters in Port Allen.

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