Judge in Baton Rouge will review the recount results
A judge in Baton Rouge today may reveal the results of a recount of absentee-by-mail and early voting ballots from Orleans Parish in the disputed Crescent City Connection toll referendum.
The controversial proposal to extend the tolls for another 20 years passed by an 18-vote margin Nov. 6, but a state judge in Baton Rouge ordered a recount after an opposition group "Stop The Tolls" sued over the outcome, alleging irregularities.
Terrebonne Parish Registrar of Voters Linda Rodrigue presided over the recount, which was closed to the public and the media.
Patrick Hand III, the attorney representing Stop The Tolls, tells 99.5FM 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."
Hand 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 said.
Judge William Morvant of Baton Rouge is presiding over the case.