‘Better Together’ Beats Back Suburban Separatist Effort

Leaders of ‘Better Together‘ successfully undermined a suburban incorporation effort (in the St. George area) by convincing voters who had signed onto the original petition to withdraw their signatures.

A small minority of St. George residents needed 17,859 signatures to call a vote for incorporation, an essential first step in separating the suburb from the City of Baton Rouge.  After these residents turned in 18,000 signatures, ‘Better Together’ leaders painstakingly reviewed the list, contacting signatories to confirm they understood the significance of their signature .  Over 1,100 original signatories were persuaded to submit petition withdrawal forms, thus ensuring that St. George remain part of the City.

Two weeks later, State District Judge Wilson Fields ruled that a lawsuit brought on by St. George organizers should be dismissed, stating, “The registrar has done his job.”

[Photo Credit: Richard Alan Hannon, The Advocate]

[Video] How Citizens Turned the Tide on the St. George Breakaway, Better Together

St. George Backers Grudgingly Give Up the Fight, The Advocate

[Oped] Better Together If That is the Goal, The Advocate

State Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Challenging Count of St. George Incorporation Petition Signatures, The Advocate

As Registrar Works to Verify St. George Petition, Better Together Delivers Signature Withdrawal Forms Daile , The Advocate [pdf]

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