Demetric "Deedy" Slaughter recall, Port Allen, Louisiana (2013)

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An effort to recall Demetric "Deedy" Slaughter from her position as the mayor of Port Allen, Louisiana was launched in June 2013. Election authorities certified that signatures submitted to them on recall petitions were sufficient to force a recall vote.[1][2][3] A recall election was held on November 16, 2013 in which Slaughter was recalled, becoming the first politician to be recalled in West Baton Rouge Parish.[4]

Slaughter announced in February 2014 that she would be running for re-election to the position from which she had been recalled. A special mayoral election is scheduled for April 5, 2014.[5] In advance of the special mayoral election, allegations surfaced that fraudulent signatures were submitted during the city's early voting period.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Slaughter's response

Slaughter said the recall petition would increase racial tensions in the community, and that she had worked to prevent a recall effort against a member of the city council she thought would cause similar issues.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Louisiana

Recall organizers submitted the recall petition to the Louisiana Secretary of State on June 7, 2013. The group had 180 days to collect 1,273 signatures to trigger the recall election. While the group had originally aimed to turn in signatures in early July to qualify for the October 19 ballot, they did not submit them until September 3. Recall supporters turned in 1,521 signatures, of which 1,387 were confirmed to be valid about a week later by the West Baton Rouge Parish registrar of voters.[1][3]

Aftermath

Slaughter ran for re-election in the mayoral election held on April 5, 2014. She was defeated, however, by Richard N. Lee III (D), who won over 50 percent of the vote.[6]

The Louisiana State Legislature passed legislation in May 2014 that prevents recalled officials from running in the special elections held to replace them. Slaughter's recall served as the impetus for the legislation.[7]

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