Count put off until Tuesday, elections official says
A vote count that could determine whether New Orleans-area commuters will pay bridge tolls for another 20 years has been delayed.
With well over 300,000 votes cast Tuesday, the toll extension was winning by only eight votes.
But 35 overseas military votes have yet to be tallied. That count had been set for Saturday. But Jay Batt, president of the Board of Supervisors of Elections for Orleans Parish, said the count was put off until Tuesday because of the federal Veterans Day holiday weekend.
Voters in Jefferson, Plaquemines and Orleans parishes voted on whether tolls collected since 1989 from motorists using the Crescent City Connection bridge should be extended for 20 years. They are set to expire at the end of the year.
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