Bobby Jindal recall, Louisiana (2012)

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An effort to recall Bobby Jindal, a Republican first elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011, from his position as the Governor of Louisiana was launched in March 2012. It failed to make the ballot.[1]

Louisiana public school teachers Angie Bonvillain and Brenda Romero began circulating recall petitions against Jindal in late March.[2]

The pair took issue with Jindal's education reforms as well as his proposed changes to the state's retirement system. Term limits prevented Jindal from seeking a third term in office, and Romero accused him of taking advantage of this position by pushing changes for which he will not be held accountable in a general election: "He waited until he was elected for a second term and then unleashed this entire change of the education system. Now he is going after the retirement system. This is all very fascist to me."[2]

No fewer than five recall efforts against Jindal have failed in the past, and this effort was predicted to meet a similar end. Jindal's statewide popularity had been consistently above 50 percent and he won re-election in 2011's blanket primary election, held October 22, with 65.8 percent of the vote. The second-place finisher in the race, Tara Hollis (D), garnered only 17.9 percent of the vote.[3]

Nevertheless, Bonvillain and Romero pressed on with their efforts, and launched a website to promote their petition. A spokesperson for Jindal's office said the governor was not worried about the effort, noting "We're not concerned and not surprised that the coalition of the status quo is trying to intimidate folks who want to reform our schools and make them better for our children."[2]

Path to the ballot

Under Louisiana state law, citizens of Louisiana are granted the authority to perform recall elections by Section 26, Article 10 of the Louisiana Constitution. Once the initial recall petition was filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State, the petitioners had 180 days to collect the required number of signatures (33.3 percent of the eligible voters for the office at the time of the last election) and submit the completed petition to the Secretary of State's office. The teachers would have needed to collect approximately 957,000 signatures to move forward with the recall against Jindal.[4]

The recall effort failed to collect enough signatures by the September 18 deadline and the signatures that were collected were never turned in.[1]

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