POSTED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 7:22am
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 1:11pm
PORT ALLEN, LA (NBC33) — History has been made in the City of Port Allen. Tuesday was the first time a recall petition has ever been filed.
Residents want Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter out. The recall committee needs 33 percent of registered voters to sign the recall petition and Tuesday they walked in with a stack of signatures, ready to be certified.
This petition is a mission that over a thousand Port Allen residents have joined in on and made their voices clear, with the stroke of a pen.
Since Mayor Deedy Slaughter took office on January 1st, Slaughter has made some decisions many Port Allen residents disagree with, now they are taking action.
"We’re verifying the number of pages that you're submitting to me," noted West Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters, Stacy Ryan. "I was submitted 256 pages."
Petition Chairwoman, Deloris Gaines Kibby says she loves her city and something needs to be done to protect it.
“I love her. I just wish she could go back to another job and leave our city by itself,” noted Kibby.
Those signatures will be verified and protected by the state.
“I do have software from the state that allows me to verify names an eligible voter for the city of Port Allen,” said Ryan.
And now for the first time ever, if there are over 1273 signatures, the petition will be certified and residents of Port Allen will be one step closer to removing Slaughter from her seat in city hall.
“I made history just a few minutes ago for the first time ever,” said Kibby.
“It’s the first in the Parish of West baton Rouge that we've ever had a recall,” stated Ryan.
There are also some Port Allen residents that are against this petition. Once certified, Mayor Slaughter will be notified by the Register of Voters. The governor will be hand delivered the petition after 15 days; he will then have 15 days to recall an election or do other wise.
NBC33 did reach out to Mayor Slaughter for comment, we have yet to hear back.
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