Yenni recall effort will be allowed closer to polling locations

Mike Yenni recall petition lawsuit dropped

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - A lawsuit brought by a group attempting to recall Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni was dropped after an agreement was reached allowing the effort to gather signatures closer to polling places.

Recall leader Robbie Evans III argued that a 1995 Louisiana Supreme Court decision allowed the group to collect signatures as close as 100 feet from a polling site.

The Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said laws related to that decision have been amended and the group must stay 600 feet from polling locations.

An agreement was reached last night between Landry's office and the recall effort that will allow petitioners to collect signatures within 100 feet of polling locations during the presidential election on November 8.

A statement from Landry's office said his office believes the electioneering law is constitutional and that it his office's role to defend the state's laws and the Louisiana Registrar of Voters.

"With early voting ended, the registrar has no further duties – hence, the dismissal," the statement said. "The enforcement mechanism remains statutorily assigned to local law enforcement. Questions on enforcement of the law with regard to the Recall Yenni campaign should be directed to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office."

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