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POSTED: Monday, September 9, 2013 - 7:02pm

UPDATED: Monday, September 9, 2013 - 7:39pm

Organizers of a recall petition to remove Mayor Slaughter from office are hoping Governor Bobby Jindal will give the go ahead for a recall election. Monday afternoon, West Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters turned in the petition to the governor after she certified 1,387 signatures on the petition.

"My portion of it is over it now goes before the governor. He will review it and decide whether to hold the election or not," Stacy Ryan, West Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters, explained. "Democracy has been done on my part and now we will see where it goes from there."

Supporters of the recall were on hand at the registrar's office cheering as the announcement was made.

"What we learned in the process is that the mayor has very little support out there in the community," John Michael Lockhart, petition organizer, said.

Organizers started collecting signatures back in June. Then on Tuesday Sept. 3, they turned in more than the required 1,273 signatures needed to the registrar's office. They're confident if a recall election is held they have enough votes to remove Slaughter from office.

"There is a lot of people both black and white that did not want to make a public stance by putting their name on a petition," Lockhart said.
"We are going to do everything we can to get everybody out to vote everybody...Let the people speak in a secret ballot. "

Mayor Deedy Slaughter said she was not going to let the threat of a possible recall election affect her job.

"I'm not surprised. I'm not overwhelmed about it. I just want to thank my supporters at this time. I appreciate the support they gave me and that they'll continue to give me that support," Slaughter said. "Even though my name has been scandalized character has been downgraded never the less my goal is to move the city forward."

The governor  has 15 days to make a decision whether or not to hold a recall election.

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