Sunday, February 17, 2013

CCC Recount Due Tuesday; Expect More Legal Wrangling After

The Crescent City Connection toll referendum partial recount will be released on Tuesday. The November 6th vote which extended the CCC tolls by another 20 years, won by an 18-vote margin.

Terrebonne Parish Registrar of Voters Linda Rodrigue and her staff hand counted over 4,000 paper ballots.

The recount was conducted after Mike Teachworth of the group Stop the Tolls, sued. The  lawsuit also seeks to nullify the November 6th vote entirely on the grounds that many Orleans Parish voters were given provisional ballots which weren't counted, despite their being legally registered to vote.

It is not clear when the motion to nullify the election will be heard.

The vote included voters from Jefferson, Orleans and Plaquemines Parish. Voters in Jefferson and Plaquemines voted against the toll despite a number of Jefferson Parish elected officials including JP Councilmen-At-Large Chris Roberts and Elton Lagasse, Sheriff Newell Normand and Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni publicly supporting the toll. Orleans Parish, which also had a number of elected officials supporting the toll, voted to extend the toll.

Here's a list of those who paid for the Pro-Toll ads.