The closeness of the final count in the Crescent City Connection toll renewal issue is the subject of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
NEW ORLEANS -- If you ever doubt the notion that every vote matters, remember last week’s vote on the Crescent City Connection tolls. After counting thousands of absentee, military and overseas ballots by hand, along with Election Day and early voting ballots, the tolls were extended by a margin of only 16 votes — out of more than 308,000 votes cast. That’s less than one percent of one percent.
That result is not yet official. It has to be certified by the Secretary of State’s office — and toll opponents are considering whether to challenge the results in court. To do that, they’ll have to bring evidence of fraud — enough of it to put the outcome in doubt.
Meanwhile, many voters in New Orleans will go back to the polls on December 8 for hotly contested runoff elections in City Council Districts “B” and “E.” The turnout for those runoffs will not be anywhere near as large as it was last Tuesday, when the ballot included the presidential race.
That’s too bad, because races for City Council can have just as much impact on voters’ lives as a presidential contest. And as we’ve seen in the toll referendum, every vote really does matter.
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