2.13.2006

what a coincidence

From United for Peace and Justice:
As if losing their homes, jobs, and family members were not enough, displaced Katrina survivors are now at risk of being denied their Constitutional right to vote in Louisiana elections.

Under Louisiana's current election plans, a high percentage of the state's registered voters who have relocated to other cities and states are in danger of being excluded from the voting process. Many of them are low-income African Americans and immigrants.

Few of Louisiana's displaced residents are in a position to return to New Orleans and other Louisiana cities to vote. For instance, on Monday, February 13th, FEMA's short-term hotel program expires for most of the 26,000 displaced hurricane survivors, yet most of these evacuees have not been provided with long-term, or even transitional, housing solutions. To protect evacuees' right to vote, it's vital that Louisiana set up satellite voting centers in other parishes and states where large numbers of displaced residents are temporarily residing.

For satellite voting to be incorporated into Louisiana's election regulations, Governor Kathleen Blanco must act by early next week, but until now, she's waffled on the issue.
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7 comments:

Scott M. said...

Forgive my naivete, who runs the elections in the states? Is it an independant body responsible to the state legislature (similar to Elections Ontario or Elections Canada) or is it a department? Who is the "head" of elections?

Are the elections authorities not mandated with making elections as convenient for voters as possible?

Again, my apologies, I have no idea how the system down their works and can only compare it to our own.

Andrea said...

wow that is just wow, like
wow
same question as scott though, I am a little lost in understanding.

L-girl said...

who runs the elections in the states? Is it an independant body responsible to the state legislature (similar to Elections Ontario or Elections Canada) or is it a department? Who is the "head" of elections?

Oh my, that's a big Kettle Of Fish. Remember Florida in 2000? Ohio (and many other states) in 2004?

One of the things Canadians asked over and over was, Why doesn't the US have something like Elections Canada, an independent nonpartisan body to oversee elections?

Why indeed.

In the US, elections are run state by state, and in large enough cities, city by city. The Board of Elections in each state is headed by a political appointee.

Remember Katherine Harris (Florida)? She helped throw the election for W and was rewarded with a big fat job in the White House. In Ohio in 2004 it was Ken Blackwell, who tried to have a quarter-million newly registered voters DQ'd. Most people had never even heard of the Secretary of State, didn't even know the position existed...

Are the elections authorities not mandated with making elections as convenient for voters as possible?

No, they are not. Republicans have voted down numerous bills that would have made voting easier and more convenient.

Voter registration is different in every state - the requirements, the procedure, the degree of thicket one has to cut through. It's an utter, utter mess. Don't even get me started on electronic voting...

I could go on, but I will try to cut myself off here... with some difficulty...

teflonjedi said...

Hmmn.

This is not a good thing, that which you describe.

I've just returned from NOLA. As widely reported, it's the good, more affluent parts of town that are up and running. (barely) 2/3rd of the population haven't returned, and they'll be left with no voice about re-zoning, recovery plans, etc.

Very sad.

Crabbi said...

Thank you, L-girl for posting this. I've sent my e-mail. This just makes me sick.

Again, my apologies, I have no idea how the system down their works and can only compare it to our own.

Hey, most Americans have even less understanding of how Canada's system works. Sadly, many don't let this lack of knowledge prevent them from making their own comparisons. It's the whole "we're number one" thing.

Granny said...

I've written to my own elected officials about many of the problems. I'll be glad to send an email to the governor but I don't know how much attention LA will pay to CA.

Here, they probably could have voted absentee with no problem.

I'd say we need some federal regs but sometimes that makes things worse, not better.

L-girl said...

Hey, most Americans have even less understanding of how Canada's system works. Sadly, many don't let this lack of knowledge prevent them from making their own comparisons.

Is that ever true. Good point, Crabbi.