Elections delay St George petition certification
BATON ROUGE - Almost a month after St. George organizers turned in their petition with nearly 18,000 signatures supporting the creation of the proposed new city, none of the names has been certified.
Elaine Lamb of the East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters initially said the process to count signatures would begin after the Nov. 3 election. However, with the runoff election set for Dec. 6, none of the names has even been looked at yet.
Attorney Mary Olive Pierson, who is representing the city of Baton Rouge, says the city is weighing its legal options if the registrar says the supporters have enough signatures to bring the issue to a vote.
Lamb says she expects to start verifying names around Christmas. That process could take about a month.