PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Voters in Port Allen have recalled Mayor Deedy Slaughter. After less than a year on the job, she is now the first politician to ever be recalled in West Baton Rouge Parish.
With all precincts reporting, the Louisiana Secretary of State reports an estimated 57 percent voted in favor of the recall. 42 percent of registered voters cast early ballots in the election, a new parish record. Including absentee ballots, 63 percent of registered voters cast their ballot for this election.
Slaughter has nine days to contest the results of the election. Her last official day in office is November 25, 2013.
According to state law, the city council has 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. Slaughter cannot be named as the interim replacement.
The election for a new mayor will likely be held April 5, 2014. Slaughter is eligible to run for re-election if she chooses.
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.
There are a total of 4,053 registered voters in Port Allen.
For Recall 1,452 57%
Against Recall 1,102 43%
Precincts Reporting: 10 of 10 100%
For the Louisiana Secretary of State website, click here: http://electionresults.sos.la.gov/graphical/