St. George battle goes to court Monday
BATON ROUGE- The battle over St. George continues today in a Baton Rouge courtroom. A hearing is scheduled on a lawsuit filed by organizers of the new city of St. George movement. The group sued after their latest petition failed.
Many people who signed the petition are upset after finding out their signatures were thrown out. St. George organizers say the names of people who registered to vote after October 20th should be counted.
An attorney representing the city says the petition is going to fail whether or not the signatures in question are counted, but St. George organizers believe it's worth the recount.
"It's possible that some of those are wrong, but if that's the case then they're wrong, I'm sure, on both sides," said Mary Olive Pierson, a city-parish attorney.
Attorney Pierson says an analysis conducted by the counter movement, Better Together, shows the number of people who died and were still counted would increase the amount of ineligible signatures.
"One of the reasons we filed suit with the registrar of voters is to put back on a significant amount of erroneous signatures that were rejected, that we don't believe should have been," said St. George spokesman, Lionel Rainey.
The petition needed to be signed by 18,000 people to bring the issue to a vote. The St. George movement was 71 signatures short.
The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday morning.