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      RS 18:1300.7     

  

§1300.7. Governor to order election; proclamation; publication

            A. If the required number of qualified electors of the voting area sign the petition for recall, the governor shall issue a proclamation ordering an election to be held for the purpose of voting on the question of the recall of the officer. The total number of registered voters in the voting area and the total number of registered voters in the voting area signing the petition shall be calculated from the totals on the certificates of all of the registrars of voters received by the governor. The governor shall issue such proclamation within fifteen days after he receives the certified petitions from all of the registrars of voters in the voting area who have received petitions for certification. If the final day for the governor to issue the proclamation falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, then the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday shall be deemed to be the final day for issuing the proclamation. The proclamation shall order the election to be held on the next available date specified in R.S. 18:402(F). If the election is to be held on a primary election date, the proclamation shall be issued on or before the last day for candidates to qualify in the election. If the election is not to be held on a primary election date, then the proclamation shall be issued on or before the fifty-fourth day prior to the election.

            B. Immediately after the issuance of the proclamation, the governor shall publish the proclamation in the official journal of each parish in which the election is to be held. Within twenty-four 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 election is to be held. If the election is to be held in Orleans Parish, the city of New Orleans, the copy of the petition and proclamation shall be mailed to the clerk of the criminal district court. A copy of the petition and proclamation also shall be sent to the secretary of state. Within twenty-four hours after he receives the copies, the secretary of state shall notify all other election officials having any duty to perform in connection with a recall election, including the parish board of election supervisors for the parish or parishes in which the election is held.

            C.(1) If the officer subject to the recall election has submitted an irrevocable resignation prior to the first day of early voting and the recall election is the only issue on the ballot, the secretary of state shall notify the governor, governing authority, recall chairman, clerk of court, and registrar of voters of the resignation, and the recall election shall not be held. In the case of the recall of a member of the legislature, the presiding officer of the member's house shall notify the secretary of state as soon as possible when the member subject to the recall election resigns.

            (2)(a) If the officer subject to the recall election has submitted an irrevocable resignation prior to the first day of early voting and the recall election is not the only issue on the ballot, the secretary of state shall notify the governor, governing authority, recall chairman, clerk of court, and registrar of voters of the resignation. In the case of the recall of a member of the legislature, the presiding officer of the member's house shall notify the secretary of state as soon as possible when the member subject to the recall election resigns.

            (b) If the early voting election ballot has already been prepared, the registrar of voters of any parish where such ballot will be used shall, to the extent possible, cause notice to be posted of the resignation of such public officer at each location for early voting in the parish where the recall election appears on the ballot. Any votes cast during early voting in the recall election shall be null and void and shall not be counted for any purpose whatsoever.

            (c) If the election day ballot for the recall of the public officer has not been printed, the recall election shall not appear on the election day ballot. If the election day ballot for the recall of the public officer has been printed with the public officer's name on it, the clerk of court of any parish where the ballot will be used shall, to the extent possible, cause notice to be posted of the resignation of the public officer subject to recall at each polling place in the parish where the public officer's name appears on the ballot for recall. Any votes cast in the recall election shall be null and void and shall not be counted for any purpose whatsoever.

            D.(1) If the officer subject to a recall election has submitted an irrevocable resignation anytime during early voting and prior to election day and the recall election is the only issue on the ballot, the secretary of state shall notify the governor, governing authority, recall chairman, clerk of court, and registrar of voters of the resignation, and early voting shall be canceled, and the recall election shall not be held. Any votes cast during early voting in the recall election shall be null and void and shall not be counted for any purpose whatsoever. In the case of the recall of a member of the legislature, the presiding officer of the member's house shall notify the secretary of state as soon as possible when the member subject to the recall election resigns.

            (2)(a) If the officer subject to a recall election has submitted an irrevocable resignation anytime during early voting and prior to election day and the recall election is not the only issue on the ballot, the secretary of state shall notify the governor, governing authority, recall chairman, clerk of court, and registrar of voters of the resignation. In the case of the recall of a member of the legislature, the presiding officer of the member's house shall notify the secretary of state when the member subject to the recall election resigns.

            (b) The registrar of voters of any parish where the recall election appears on the ballot shall, to the extent possible, cause notice to be posted of the resignation of such public officer at each location for early voting in the parish where the recall election appears on the ballot. Any votes cast during early voting in the recall election shall be null and void and shall not be counted for any purpose whatsoever.

            (c) If the election day ballot for the recall of the public officer has not been printed, the recall election shall not appear on the election day ballot. If the election day ballot has been printed with the public officer's name on it, the clerk of court of any parish where such ballot will be used shall, to the extent possible, cause such notice to be posted of the resignation of the public officer subject to recall at each polling place in the parish where the public officer's name appears on the ballot for recall. Any votes cast in the recall election shall be null and void and shall not be counted for any purpose whatsoever.

            E.(1) If the officer subject to the recall election has submitted an irrevocable resignation after the close of early voting and prior to election day and the recall election is the only issue on the ballot, the secretary of state shall notify the governor, governing authority, recall chairman, clerk of court, and registrar of voters of the resignation, and the recall election shall not be held. Any votes cast during early voting in the recall election shall be null and void and shall not be counted for any purpose whatsoever. In the case of the recall of a member of the legislature, the presiding officer of the member's house shall notify the secretary of state as soon as possible when the member subject to the recall election resigns.

            (2)(a) If the officer subject to the recall election has submitted an irrevocable resignation after the close of early voting and prior to election day and the recall election is not the only issue on the ballot, the secretary of state shall notify the governor, governing authority, recall chairman, clerk of court, and registrar of voters of the resignation.

            (b) Any votes cast during early voting in the recall election shall be null and void and shall not be counted for any purpose whatsoever. In the case of the recall of a member of the legislature, the presiding officer of the member's house shall notify the secretary of state as soon as possible when the member subject to the recall election resigns.

            (c) If the election day ballot for the recall of the public officer has not been printed, the recall election shall not appear on the election day ballot. If the election day ballot for the recall of the public officer has been printed with the public officer's name on it, the clerk of court of any parish where such ballot will be used shall, to the extent possible, cause such notice to be posted of the resignation of the public officer subject to recall at each polling place in the parish where the public officer's name appears on the ballot for recall. Any votes cast in the recall election shall be null and void and shall not be counted for any purpose whatsoever.

            Amended by Acts 1978, No. 292, §2, eff. July 6, 1978; Acts 1988, No. 909, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1989; Acts 1990, No. 107, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1992, No. 949, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1993; Acts 1995, No. 555, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1996; Acts 1997, No. 1420, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1998; Acts 2006, No. 560, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2007; Acts 2008, No. 136, §1, eff. June 6, 2008; Acts 2010, No. 570, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2011; Acts 2014, No. 60, §1, eff. May 16, 2014; Acts 2017, No. 176, §1, eff. June 14, 2017.



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