Bill to lower the amount of signatures to have a recall election passes in La. house committee

April 04, 2018 - 1:21 pm


A bill to reform Louisiana’s recall system passed a House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs hearing unanimously. Covington Representative Paul Hollis’ bill would lower the amount of registered voters in smaller cities and parishes who would have to sign a petition before a special election is called. Pollster John Couvillon testified in favor of the bill since the state’s threshold to make a recall is too high.

"It has been sparingly used in history.  38 times in history in the last century, legislators have been recalled.  Not one of those from the state of Louisiana." 
Hollis filed the bill in response after efforts to remove St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan failed. Organizers raised money but failed to get enough signatures to have a recall election. Hollis says calling for such an election will still remain an exhaustive approach in trying to get at least 33-percent of voters to sign. 
"Whoever it that is out there, who is pushing for these signatures takes six months time.  And most of the time in larger areas, they can't get it done."
The bill would lower the amount of signatures needed. In larger cities it would drop from 33-percent to 20-percent, medium sized communities 25-percent would remain 33-percent for communities that have less than 25-thousand voters. Hollis says the bill would not only lower the signatures needed, but would not be done on a flimsy excuse. 
"The very first question that an individual may have for that person trying to get a signatures is, 'Why is that person getting recalled?'"

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