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NOLATOYA group files suit asking for 30,000 names on voting rolls to be checked

The group claims that more than 30,000 voters listed as active on Orleans Parish voting rolls have either moved out of state or out of the parish.

NEW ORLEANS — The Nolatoya Recall campaign is filing suit against the Orleans Parish Registrar over more than 30,000 voters listed on the voting rolls for the parish that they say should be removed or at a minimum, investigated more closely.

The campaign claims in a court filing that more than 30,000 listed voters in the parish have either moved out of the state or to another parish within the state.

In addition, they say that more than 500 people who are deceased are still listed as active voters.

"What we are asking in this mandamus is for the judge to order the registrar of voters in Orleans Parish to give the recall effort an accurate number of active registered voters," said Eileen Carter, a representative for the recall effort.

The numbers are important to the campaign as it tries to reach the threshold of signatures needed to get a recall of Mayor LaToya Cantrell on the ballot.

To do so, the group needs to have the verified signatures of 20 percent of the active voters in the parish. If 30,000 voters or more were eliminated from the number, that would reduce the number of signatures needed by approximately 6,000.

The group says that it is the job of the registrar to re-certify the active voter base each year. 

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