I have received proposals by a number of groups planning to sponsor recalls for several of our legislators who voted for Governor Jindal's education bills. Here is information regarding the process. I will post updates as this initiative progresses. You will need to know the name and district number of the legislators who represent you as you can only sign a recall petition for your representative/senator.
No recall petition may be submitted for certification to or accepted for certification by the registrar of voters or any other official if less than six months remain in the term of office.
Once the first signature is obtained, the recall petition becomes a public record with the chairman or vice chairman as custodian. After the petition is submitted to the Registrar of Voters, the chairman or vice chairman shall no longer be the custodian.
1. Copy of recall petition is filed with SOS by chairman of recall committee.
2. The completed petition is submitted to the Registrar(s) of Voters:
Not later than 180 days after being filed with SOS.
If there are fewer than 1000 qualified electors in the voting area, the petition shall be submitted not later than 90 days after being filed with SOS.
If the final day for submitting the petition falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the deadline shall be on the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.
3. The Registrar of Voters shall certify the recall petition:
within 15 working days after it is presented to him, or
within 20 working days after it is presented to him if the voting area contains more than 50,000 registered voters.
4. The petition is forwarded to the Governor if the required number of signatures are certified by the Registrar of Voters.
5. The Governor issues an election proclamation within 15 days after he receives the certified petition from the Registrar of Voters.
Primary Election Date: the proclamation shall be issued on or before the last day for candidates to qualify in the election. (last day of qualifying)
General Election Date: the proclamation shall be issued on or before the 46th day prior to the election. (same as propositions)
6. Immediately after the issuance of the proclamation, the Governor shall publish the proclamation in the official journal of each parish where the recall election is to be held.
7. Within 24 hours after issuing the proclamation, the Governor shall send a copy of the petition and proclamation, by registered or certified mail, to the clerk of the district court for each parish in which the recall election will be held.
8. A copy of the petition and proclamation also shall be sent to the Secretary of State. (by the Governor)
9. Within 24 hours after receiving the copies, the Secretary of State shall notify all other election officials in the parish(es) where the recall election is to be held.
10. If the recall passes, the public officer is recalled and removed from office and the office is declared vacant when the election returns are certified to the Secretary of State. The vacancy is then filled as usual. The recalled official cannot be appointed to fill the vacancy.
11. If the recall fails, no recall election for the same official shall be held within 18 months from the date of the failed recall election.
For a chart showing the recent history of Recall Elections held in Louisiana, click here.
For a PDF of the Recall Petition (For All Officials Except Statewide) form, click here.
For a PDF of the Recall Petition For Statewide Official form, click here.