After planning and trial runs, registrar now fully focused on counting St. George petition signatures
BATON ROUGE – The Registrar of Voters has started its full-time vetting process, counting and validating the signatures on the petition to create the new City of St. George.
The office had been going through a smaller, training phase where signatures were validated and processes were tweaked ahead of an all-out counting process. That extensive process is now underway, the Louisiana Attorney General’s office confirmed to WBRZ. It is handling commenting on the petition.
“The process is ongoing,” a spokesperson said. “The Registrar of Voters is working diligently through the process of validating petition signatures.”
There is no timetable for validating the signatures.
An attorney general decision last year advised there was no mandated deadline to validate the petition, though suggested a determination must be made within a reasonable amount of government time.
In a previous WBRZ report on the petition verification process, officials said counting the signatures will “take a while… [possibly] several months."
Organizers of the proposed city submitted a petition with more than 14,000 signatures to the registrar in October. Organizers believe they need about 13,000 to advance the proposal forward.
In 2015, the first petition got thrown out of court after the group fell 71 valid signatures short.
Follow the publisher of this post on Twitter: @treyschmaltz
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
BR first responders deployed to Florida to assist in Hurricane Ian recovery...
Hurricane Ian likely to affect Louisiana homeowner's insurance rates
Denham Springs fall festival brings fun to community, improvements to city's historic...
High schools being asked to play some football games on Thursdays due...
DOTD now says I-10 lane closures will last 14 months; previously said...
Fans' Choice Player of the Week 4: Central's Glen Cage
Plaquemine's Jayden Rogers leading the Green Devils through music
Southeastern knocks off #4 Incarnate Word on Eli Sawyer game winning touchdown...
McKinley High's homecoming football game canceled after bench-clearing brawl broke out between...
LSU Baseball team volunteers with Baton Rouge's Miracle League