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  •  True, but I really wanted to highlight NOLA. (0+ / 0-)

    As that is what most folks think of when they think of Katrina.  

    And I did mention that there are 11 parishes affected by the bill.  

    •  Yes, but you contributing to the myths (0+ / 0-)

      The victims of Rita and Katrina were largely in proportion to the population.  Both blacks and whites, of various income levels suffered, and continue to suffer.

      These proposed satellite locations are a bad idea.  If someone wants to vote, they can absentee.  Many former residents are now registered in other states, and screening would be difficult.  Would all of these be considered provisional?  

      Labelling Dardenne a racist in so many words is low.  He is widely respected, even by those of different viewpoints, here in LA.  Say you don't like it, but a Secretary of State would rather not face this.  The prior acting SoS, a Democrat, didn't want to either.

      •  The satellite locations are in LOUISIANA. (1+ / 0-)
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        And the prior acting SoS, Al Ater, came up with the satellite voting IDEA!  

        Where are you getting your information?!

        •  Correction ... (0+ / 0-)

          From ColorOfChange.org

          Louisiana's Secretary of State Al Ater says the election doesn't violate anyone's rights because people outside of Louisiana can still vote by absentee ballot.

          [But] to vote absentee, you'd have to apply for a ballot by mail, wait for the ballot to come back, then send the ballot back again by mail. Many Katrina survivors have been forced to move several times since the storm, which makes it impossible to guarantee that election materials will get to them. In addition, there are delays in mail service coming to and from New Orleans.[3] To make matters worse, the State already sent information about absentee voting which was inaccurate, incomplete, and confusing.[4] Experts agree that without satellite voting, participation will be down.

          To call the absentee voting process "fair and equal" is dishonest, and to give displaced New Orleanians--most of whom are Black--no other option amounts to a massive attack on their voting rights and their ability to participate in shaping the future of their city. With so much at stake, it's essential to ensure that all New Orleanians have equal access to voting rights, which means setting up satellite polling places in other states.

          That was for the mayoral race in '06.  This bill limits the satellites locations to Louisiana.  

        •  An absentee campaign would be better, IMO (0+ / 0-)

          I just see this as being a good idea in theory but bad in practice.  An active absentee campaign would help ensure people vote and their vote would count.  Something about people just showing up at a satellite, even if in LA, who now possess a Texas drivers license but claim to be residents of a city in LA just seems like a potential problem.

          •  The answer is simple ... (1+ / 0-)
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            Give the parish Registrar of Voters access to a database with all of New Orleans voters in it.  If anyone comes in early, simply mark them off the list.  This can be done safely and securely with all the technology we have today.

            An absentee campaign is flawed, because quite a few refugees have moved two, three, or four times!  And you can bet they haven't let the state know where they're at.  

      •  Prior SOS (0+ / 0-)

        did what he was suppose to do, he is a Democrat.  He stood on his head to open voting to ALL.  Dardenne is just following orders.  

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