Lawsuit filed to contest CCC toll renewal vote

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Posted on December 19, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 9:21 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - Time ran out to contest the Crescent City Connection tolls Wednesday, but one group got their request in under the wire.

On Tuesday, STOPtheTOLLS.org kept their promise to file a lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed in Baton Rouge District Court, asked for a recount of the November 6 ballot that renewed the tolls for 20 years.

"Our goal is to get a recount so the public can have confidence in the process and the final vote total," said Michael Teachworth, the director of STOPtheTOLLS.org.

The citizens group questioned the last minute addition of absentee and mail in ballots, which turned an 850 vote margin of defeat of the toll renewal to a 16 vote margin of victory of the toll renewal.

The vote became a controversy in the weeks prior to the election. There were dueling press conferences held on both sides.

Those in favor of the tolls said they were needed in order to keep the bridge lit, public safety and maintenance.

Those opposed to the renewal said it would save money for residents, specifically those on the Westbank, and that the bridge is paid for, so it should be up to the state to pick up the costs.

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