October 31st, 2008
04:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Displaced by Katrina, unsure of Election Day

Sen. McCain toured the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans with his wife, Cindy, in April of this year.
Sen. McCain toured the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans with his wife, Cindy, in April of this year.

(CNN) - 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.”

Katrina victims who were displaced and are still planning to vote in Louisiana should call the state’s toll free number, (800) 883-2805. The rules for those displaced by the storm are no different than other residents, Berry said. “There’s nothing specific to them.”

The Hotline has also gotten calls from New Orleans parish voters who haven’t received their absentee ballots. “There’s a good chance that all the absentee ballots are out now. We want all voters to have the opportunity to vote. I am sure all absentee ballots will be out with sufficient time,” Berry said. “We want all voters to have the opportunity to vote.”

If you are a resident in the state of Louisiana who has questions regarding your registration status or where you should go to vote, you can visit geauxvote.com or call 1 (800) 883-2805.


Filed under: Katrina • Louisiana • Voter Problems
soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. wakeupamerica

    Katrina survivors – remember "Heck of job Brownie." What did Bush do for you then and now? Need I say more? Time for change.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 31, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Denise Groves

    I would think t hat if you were displaced by katrina, you would have had plenty of time to register to vote in your new hometown

    October 31, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Paul

    At least McCain wasn't eating cake this time.

    October 31, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. JackOfHeart

    One very important issue that both candidates didn't really explain much is the issue of foreign policy. I hope "CHANGE" this time wouldn't be just limited to the Economy and the health care system, but change should include changing our unethical and twisted foreign policies and treat other countries as friends, just like how Israel is our friend. I suggest that BOTH McCain and Palin go run for presidency in ISRAEL since they have proven to be more loyal to Israel than to America. They couldn't speak clearly of a solid plan for America, but they had a clear plan to support Israel blindly without a question, even if they had to go against their morals and create more enimies around the world. Even if it ment invading Syria next. We really have stretched our ethics, lately, for Israel wich made us loose our leadership in the world economically, politically and morally. Not because we have so much in common with them but because Israel succeeded in making their enimies ours. Politicians in D.C have become the "big brothers" of Israel. And that was planted by extreamist-foreign-interest lobbies in D.C (AIPAC). I suggest that BUSH, McCAIN AND PALIN should be deported to Israel and run for presidency there. PEACE=FOREIGN INTEREST LOBBIES OUT OF D.C.

    October 31, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Paul Wall in Dallas

    thanks for posting the information CNN. this is journalism at its best, giving information to people who really need it. the people of New Orleans and throughout Louisiana and Mississippi were very victimized during the storm and (long) afterwards (and it still is going on). false information that would deceive or misinform voters must be commonplace as i know it is in Texas. you wonder how many southern states would be red if voters, especially minorities, were correctly informed. i have a friend who was told when he registered that since he had been arrested he could not vote in Texas or anywhere else. it's just "good old boy" lies endemic in the bureaucracy. thanks again, CNN!

    October 31, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. Cathy in Vermont

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Aware McCain and Palin are not the "change I wish to see". In fact they are not change at all.
    CNN I am really getting tired of posting and staying in moderation. I guess you have to be for McCain to be posted.

    October 31, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. former gop

    Why am I not surprised? The poorest people get f'd again.

    October 31, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. call me M

    GOD HAS CHOOSED THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF AMERICA;AND IT WILL BE HIS PERFECT WILL...AMERICA GOD IS WATCHING YOU VERY CLOOSE.THIS TIME IS NOT UP TO TKE PEOPLE,BUT TO SHOW THE WORLD THATH HE IS IN CHARGE.PS ,ISRAEK OLSO IS PROTECTED BY GOD,AND HIS LEGIONS OF ANGELS........AMERUCA JUST BE STILL,AND SEE THE POWER OF GOD IN ACTION.

    October 31, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. thomas

    Voting is a precious right. Without it we would never be able to escape the tyranny, the oppression, the deprivation, the negligence, and the ravages of war that a disturbed zealot might impose upon the people.

    October 31, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. McCain is NOT a maverick

    Go vote! We are 3 days away from taking the country back! Out with the Bushes and Cheneys, and Karl Rove divisive politics.

    Obama/Biden '08!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. Susan

    After everything these people have been through, and now they will have trouble voting. What a surprise, too. All those votes for the GOP going to waste.

    October 31, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. quinton

    Lord i hope these people can and will be able to vote

    October 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. INDEPENDANT VET

    RECALL WHAT JOE SAID ABOUT THE VICTIMS OF IKE , WHEN HE WAS MAKING A SPEECH AND HE TRIPPED , AS SOME ONE ASKED HIM A QUESTION ABOUT IKE . JOES REPLY , "WAS THE HELL WITH THEM DAM TEXANS , DIDN'T LIKE THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE "

    YES ALL THAT MONEY THE DNC HAS SPENT AND NEVER ONCE ACKNOWLEDGED THEM NARRY ONE TIME. EXCEPT VOTE FOR US , WE WILL GWT YOU A BAND AIDE NEXT YEAR.

    SPENT HOW MANY MOLLIONS THE OTHER NITE TO TRY AND BUY SOME MORE DEAD VOTERS TO RISE UP .

    NO IF THOSE 2 FLIP FLOPPERS GET IN , THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO BOTTOM OUT . FOR AS MOST DON'T CARE , BUT FREDDIE AN FANNIE DONATE 125,000 TO THERE CAMPAIN , AN WHEN THAT SURVIAL PACKAGE WAS BEING VOTED ON THE DNC WAS TRYING TO ATTACH A 500 MILLON DOLLAR.S FOR ACORN. WELL THAT FAILED.

    LIKE ONE WROTE LONMG AGO, THE FLIP FLOPPERS WILL END THE AMERICAN ERA . THAT IS WHAT MOST OF ALL OUR FOREIGN COUNTRIES ARE SAYING.

    SO I TAKE IT , IS THE USA UP FOR SALE.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    aND WE DO NOT NEED TO CHANGE OUR FLAG OR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM TO SATISFY BARRY AND MICHELLE , FOR USE TO ATTEND FLAG BURNINGS .

    noooooooOOOOOOOOOO OBAMA NnnnnnnnOOOOOOOOoooooooo

    October 31, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Didn't like the comment about democrats victimizing everyone?

    October 31, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. Al

    Louisiana,

    Your friend is Obama. He will give you the tax breaks and help you need, not like Bush who sat on his thumbs and did nothing when Katrina hit. That guy McCain, well he is Bush's buddy, voted along with him 92% of the time, and he wants to take more from you, wants to tax your healthcare benefits, deny you the tax breaks that the rich folks get, and that guy McCain, he and Bush gave tax breaks and incentives to companies that sent our jobs overseas and put a lot of hard working people out of work and into poverty. Obama wants to bring the jobs back home here to the USA. Lousiana would look so beautiful in blue on Tuesday.

    October 31, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  16. Te

    Stop Rove, Palin, Tom Delay from destroying Social Security !!

    Hopefully, McCain,73, will retire now.

    October 31, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Joseph Adewole

    America is a strange country; definitely not what one expects, that people of this area could still like to see a Republican; which their leader (Bush) has forgotten to help them.
    These Katrina affected area people have been so forgotten that one wonders whether they are still regarded as Americans..But "the world is a stage"...........

    October 31, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. NEWSLINK

    After all of this time, Katrina Vitims are still getting the end of the stick. MCcain might not what to show up in Louisana. We remember Bush...

    October 31, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. John

    I guess that people feel it is okay to be sexist against Palin but not racist against Obama. I feel that neither are okay. McCain/Palin 2008...anything else would not be great.

    October 31, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Hard Working American for McCain

    Thanks to all of you! I was able to stir up the dems tonight! You gotta Love it!!!!

    October 31, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Doug in New Mexico

    Republicans = Katrina devastation, shift of $ to the rich, corruption and scandals, really poor education, Iraq, Iraq, Iraq, loss of homes, job losses, devastated economy etc. etc. etc...what is surprising here?

    October 31, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  22. Gracie

    BUSH + McCAIN = HISTORICAL DISGRACE

    These two fools were eating cake and celebrating John McCain's birthday while hundreds of families were DYING during the devastating hurricane.

    For Republicans to EVEN think about putting John McCain in the White House after watching him MORE focused on celebrating his birthday than dying Americans is beyond mind boggling!!! It's the lowest of the low for even John McCain. He still did NOT go visit Louisiana until a YEAR LATER, and that was because he was running in the Primaries.

    October 31, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  23. joe

    Remember the Katrina disgrace?

    Remember the Economic Meltdown?

    Remember the thousands of Americans
    who died in Iraq (there were no WMDs or 911 al Qaida!)?
    Remeber their families?

    More of the Same?

    No thank you

    Obama wins by default

    October 31, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. Sacto Joe

    Did you hear the latest?

    Governor Palin whined today that the media is taking away her right to attack Barak Obama with lies and innuendo, and that somehow they're steppig on her "First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media."

    Ye Gods and Little Fishes! How is it possible for one person to be so dumb!

    The First Amendment protects the right of the mainstream media to ask questions. Not the other way around.

    Maybe she's right. Maybe Alaska SHOULD secede from the Union, if she's an example of how smart they are up there....

    October 31, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  25. Tell the TRUTH just once McWar /Phailling

    They will. try every trick in the book to change votes , stop citizens from voting or control the machines to vote all McCain /the word is habitual liars have lied so much they lie about lies.

    There is no Phart like an old Phart to include that half baked Alaskan twinkie .

    October 31, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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