October 31st, 2008
05:55 PM ET

Displaced by Katrina, unsure of Election Day

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/31/art.mac9ward1031.gi.jpg caption="Sen. McCain toured the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans with his wife, Cindy, in April of this year."]
Leslie Bentz
CNN Political Ticker

The lingering aftermath of Hurricane Katrina looms large over New Orleans residents this election season. CNN’s Voter Hotline has received several calls from New Orleans residents wondering where to vote, whether former evacuees are still registered, and how to vote absentee after being displaced.

Joseph Harris of New Orleans was confused about whether his temporary displacement after the storm would affect his registration.

“I was calling to make sure I was on the list. I want to make sure my information had been changed back now from Houston where I was evacuated during Katrina, and I just want to make sure I’m able to vote on November 4,” Harris asked on the Hotline.

According to the Louisiana Secretary of State, Katrina’s lingering impact doesn’t extend to the voter rolls. “There has been no purging because people were displaced by Katrina. Basically, they can vote if we have a good address,” said Jacques Berry from the Louisiana Secretary of State office. “If you live in a homeless shelter and have an address, you can register to vote in Louisiana.”


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Lisa

    I've been wondering about those people who's life have been totally disrupted (still) by Katrina. Thanks for the info.

    October 31, 2008 at 6:52 pm |
  2. Tammy, Berwick. LA

    Amazing. The state has had a gubernatorial election and elected other state officials post-Katrina. New Orleans voted for a mayor and other officials. And these people are just wondering now what happened? Yep, an informed, active electorate will be voting for president here. There's my Halloween scare for the night.

    October 31, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    I hope its as simple as the election officials say and that the people from NOLA and the Gulf coast don't encounter any problems voting – I'm sure they want their voice heard loud and clear.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    October 31, 2008 at 6:20 pm |