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Oct 16, 2012 7:08 AM by AP/CS

Petitions fail in effort to recall 3 La. lawmakers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Recall efforts against three Republican state lawmakers have ended without organizers getting enough signatures on petitions to force an election.

The Advocate reports that the Secretary of State's Office said petition drives against Reps. Greg Cromer, Kevin Pearson and Ray Garofalo failed.

Cromer and Pearson are from Slidell, and Garofalo is from Chalmette.

Recall petitions require the signatures of one-third of the registered voters in a district. Estimates for the signatures needed in the legislative districts ranged from 9,000 to more than 10,000.

The recall efforts were fueled by dissatisfaction over legislators' support of Gov. Bobby Jindal's successful efforts to create a statewide voucher program and to revamp teacher job protection laws.

Earlier efforts seeking the ousters of Jindal and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley also failed to win support.

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