Lawmakers Agree To Change Louisiana's Recall Election Rules

 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The threshold for Louisiana voters to recall some elected officials would drop, under a bill winning final passage.

With a 32-1 vote Wednesday, the Senate sent the governor the proposal from Republican Rep. Paul Hollis to change recall rules.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards hasn't said if he will sign it.

Under current law, a recall petition must be signed by one-third of registered voters within 180 days to hold an election on whether to recall an elected official. In districts with fewer than 1,000 registered voters, the petition requires signatures from 40 percent.

Hollis' bill would lower the signature threshold in larger districts, to 25 percent in districts with 25,000 to fewer than 100,000 voters and to 20 percent in districts with 100,000 or more.

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House Bill 54: www.legis.la.gov

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