Terrebonne Parish registrar of voters to conduct recount at New Orleans City Hall
A limited recount of the Crescent City Connection toll referendum that passed by an 18-vote margin last fall is Saturday at New Orleans City Hall.
Mike Teachworth of Harvey, director of Stop the Tolls, won the review after he sued over the outcome, alleging irregularities, electioneering and other problems with the Nov. 6 election where more than 308,000 ballots were cast.
State District Judge William Morvant in Baton Rouge ordered the recount of votes in Orleans Parish, one of three parishes to vote on the 20-year extension. Orleans voters approved the extension. Voters in Jefferson and Plaquemines rejected it.
The Times-Picayune reports the recount will be conducted by Linda Rodrigue, Terrebonne Parish's registrar of voters. The review is restricted to absentee by mail and early voting ballots in Orleans Parish.
Patrick Hand III, the attorney representing Stop The Tolls, says if the outcome of the recount is not favorable to toll opponents, the legal case is not over.
"If the recount is not in our favor, then we go to the second part of our lawsuit in which we're seeking to nullify the entire vote," Hand tells 99.5FM.
Hand also says the results of the recount will not be revealed immediately, that "the results are going to be under seal and sent to the judge for his ruling on Monday."
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