Measure for neighborhood left off ballot

Residents in North Broadmoor were not able to vote Tuesday on the Broadmoor Crime Prevention and Improvement District because the subdivision was accidentally left off legislation that defined the district’s boundaries, the neighborhood association’s president said.

The vote on the $100 parcel fee for security and improvement projects in Broadmoor was originally set for 2011 after the Legislature approved the district. Crime district board members had to pull the measure shortly before the election because of issues with definitions of the district’s boundaries.

The revised legislation now defines the district as containing the subdivisions of Broadmoor, East Broadmoor, North Broadmoor Circle, Broadmoor Oaks, Broadmoor Place, Broadmoor Terrace, Oak Hill, South Broadmoor, Clarice Browning Arnold Tract and Broadmoor Estates.

Gary Littlefield, president of the Broadmoor Residents Association and chairman of the board that oversees the crime prevention district, said the association was notified about three weeks ago that North Broadmoor was inadvertently left out when the 2012 bill was filed defining the district’s boundaries.

North Broadmoor includes the northwest quadrant of Broadmoor north of Mollylea Drive, Littlefield said.

The association worked with attorneys from the Secretary of State’s and the East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters’ Offices to make sure the vote could proceed without North Broadmoor, Littlefield said.

“They are very much in favor of the way we’re handling everything,” Littlefield said.

Secretary of state spokeswoman Meg Casper said Tuesday’s vote on the district was legal and that the state was notified that some districts would be left out.

The Broadmoor Residents Association notified North Broadmoor residents two weeks ago via postcards that they would not be able to vote on the measure, Littlefield said.

Littlefield said the association is working to let North Broadmoor residents vote on the parcel fee in a spring 2013 election. However, Casper said the lengthy process likely will delay a vote beyond spring of 2013.

North Broadmoor includes about 250 homes, Littlefield said. Broadmoor as a whole has about 2,000 homes.

State Rep. Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge, who sponsored the legislation to form the district, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

In Central, voters at Central Middle School and Tanglewood Elementary schools reported issues with their voting machines, said David Barrow, Central’s chief administrative officer.

Some voters noticed that after they were about to cast their vote, their choice for president was no longer highlighted, Barrow said.

Barrow said he is not sure how many voters were affected but that the issue was reported to the Secretary of State’s Office.