Crescent City Connection tolls soundly defeated

Published: May. 5, 2013 at 4:03 AM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2013 at 4:15 AM CDT
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Crescent City Connection (file photo)
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New Orleans—The election rematch involving Crescent City Connection tolls provided none of the suspense of last November, as voters in three parishes overwhelming rejected a 20-year renewal of the tolls.

The toll renewal was trounced by a more than 50,000 vote margin, according to final numbers from the Louisiana Secretary of State's office.

The vote totaled 73,656 to eliminate the tolls and 20,730 to extend them.

The original results last November gave toll supporters a 36-vote margin of victory.

However, Judge William Morvant of the 19th Judicial District in Baton Rouge later ruled that some registered voters had been denied the right to vote, ordering a new election.

Elsewhere, Scott Schlegel defeated Hillary Landry in a bitterly contested race for 24th District Court Judge, 67%-33%.

In the Westwego mayoral race, the election night tally showed John Shaddinger narrowly defeating Ted Munch, 52%-48%.

The anti-toll fervor might have spilled over into other questions, as Jefferson Parish voters rejected tax renewals for the parish school system (31,008-28,405) and waterworks (27,674-25,212 ) and sewerage (24,438-21,972).

In St. Tammany Parish, voters overwhelmingly okayed a series of school funding issues, including a $135 million bond issue for school construction and improvements.

Voters in Terrebonne Parish rejected a school millage by a wide margin, 12,775 to 3,995.