Thursday, December 24, 2020

Louisiana: Recall effort fails against East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Member

The recall effort against East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Connie Bernard failed, with petitioners not handing in signatures.

Other members of the board apparently led the recall charge. Bernard criticized attempts to change the name of a high school named after Robert E. Lee, calling on people to "learn a little more" about Lee. She since apologized for those comments. There is also claims that she was online shopping during the naming debate meeting. Bernard has also recently plead guilty for battery after what is called a "profanity-laced confrontation" at a teen party in 2018.

Petitioners needed about 7600 signatures in 180 days, which is significantly less than was needed under the pre-2018 law of 33 1/3% of registered voters.

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