Betty Alford-Olive recall, Bastrop, Louisiana, 2010
According to recall supporters, the recall effort began because residents were unhappy with the direction of the city. Thompson, once an avid supporter of Alford-Olive said, "I thought she was going to move the city forward. But she doesn't have a clue on how to run the city. Not only does she not have a clue, we don't have anyone knocking on her doors for anything. She doesn't have a plan and doesn't know how to present herself."
Response to recall
In response to the recall efforts, Alford-Olive said, "My job as mayor is to make sure this city is being productive, that we are moving in a positive direction. So I am channeling my energy toward that. I recognize everyone has a right to freedom of speech, but my job is to be the mayor for everybody, not just a certain few. Every decision I make is tested against what is in the best interest of the city."
Path to the ballot
Recall supporters had 180 days to collect a minimum of 2,547 signatures (approximately 33.3% of the total registered voters) from Bastrop registered voters. As of 2010, there were approximately 7,808 registered voters in the city.