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Ponchatoula City Council recall, Louisiana, 2009

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A Ponchatoula City Council recall was on a special election ballot on November 14, 2009. The recall specifically targeted council members Robert Elzy and Dave Higgenbotham. [1][2]

Robert Elzy and Dave Higgenbotham recall
Result Votes Percentage
Approveda Yes 120 57.4%
No 89 42.6%
Total votes 209 [3] 100.00%
Voter turnout 21 [1]%

On August 20, 2009, Gov. Bobby Jindal officially announced that he wants a special election held on November 14, 2009 to determine if either council members should retain their positions. On August 5, 2009 council member Elzy was suspended from his seat after a forcible rape conviction.[4]


Recall supporters collected a total of 495 valid signatures to recall Dave Higgenbotham and 350 valid signatures to recall Robert Elzy. Supporters were required to collected more than 40% of signatures of voters in the district. Higgenbotham's district has a total of 880 registered voters, whereas Elzy's district has a total of 530 registered voters.[1]

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