Recall Yenni group to set up 600 ft. from polling spots

New developments in Recall Yenni effort

The recall campaign targeting Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni was not able to convince a judge on Monday to let their supporters set up 100 feet from polling places to collect signatures on Election Day.

The campaign is seeking to gather 90,000 signatures that are needed to get the recall measure on the ballot.

Yenni admitted to sending improper texts to a high school student a few years ago and has since faced pressure from the parish council and other parish leaders to step down.
 
Robert Evans III, the leader of the recall movement, has a lawsuit against Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court Jon Gegenheimer, claiming the state law setting 600 feet as the distance for collecting signatures was ruled unconstitutional in 1995.

The state attorney general and others have countered that the law has since been fixed and is constitutional.
 
Evans case will not get a hearing on the constitutionality of the law until next week.
 
Meanwhile, another case filed by Allison Bent against the recall campaign alleged that Evans has been continuing to tell his volunteers to set up 100 feet from the polls. The Recall Yenni campaign agreed in court this morning to follow the 600-foot rule.
 
The move could be a significant loss for the recall effort because Election Day is the best chance in six months to get the recall petition in front of large numbers of registered voters.
 

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