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Yenni recall group fights ruling mandating distance from polling places

JP Pres. Mike Yenni speaks during the parish council meeting. JP Pres. Mike Yenni speaks during the parish council meeting.
GRETNA, LA (WVUE) -

After the Louisiana Attorney General, Jeff Landry, said the group attempting to recall Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni is not allowed to collect signatures any closer than 600 feet from polling locations. The group’s leader has filed that lawsuit.

According to our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, recall leader Robbie Evans III argues that a 1995 Louisiana Supreme Court decision allows the group to collect signatures as close as 100 feet from a polling site.

Landry contends laws pertaining to that decision have since been amended and the group must stay 600-feet from a polling location.

A state judge will hear both sides today in a Gretna courtroom.

In an exclusive interview with Fox 8 last night, Yenni talk about his recent ban from Jefferson Parish schools.

“I'm not an attorney, so I can't speak to what type of law it holds, but I think it's a little outlandish,” Yenni said.

Before that ban by the school board, Yenni said he would voluntarily stay away from campuses.

The backlash comes after admitting sending inappropriate text messages to a young man.

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