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

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."]
(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. j. williams

    CHANGE....Cuba made a 'change' in 1959...welcome Barry Obama...

    October 31, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Blue in Red AZ

    "Hard Working American for McCain"....... More like "Hard-Headed RedNeck for MORE of the SAME!..... I wish People like YOU would get the Hell out of MY country!... I KNOW... you can do that... just go to Alaska w/ all the other red-neck Secessionist and live under Queen and King Todd Palin's rule!

    October 31, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Ezra from New Orleans

    Sam SixPack:

    When do we start getting our welfare checks?


    Are you asking because you, like tens of thousands of other Americans, just lost your job because of the failed econmic policies of the last eight years? Or, are you asking becasue you lost your job, your home, and your community because of the failure to protect the citizens and infrastructure of Southeast Louisiana?

    It guess it doesn't really matter too much. Regardless of why you need your welfare check, change is coming soon and that will bring hope to you and the millions of others who need it.

    October 31, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Los

    If you ask a Republican they'll probably tell you your vote has been revoked in perpetuity throughout the universe.

    October 31, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |

    McCain says: Palin has more executive experience than Obama and Biden then that also means she has more experience than McCain because he has not executive experience either. Does McCain realize by saying that how dumb it makes him look.

    October 31, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Karen - Missouri

    Good grief, McCain and Bush were busy eating cake while Katrina was destroying New Orleans. Then Bush couldn't even do a good job rebuilding Katrina and helping families. To make matters worse, earlier in the campaigns, while Obama wanted to set up a permanent disaster fund for any future events, McCain had the gall to oppose that and say...let the insurance companies handle it. I am so surprised that Louisiana even considers McCain for a president!

    the only way McCain wins anywhere is by nasty tricks, lies, purging voters, and whatever means he can use. I feel sorry for Louisiana, quite frankly, that McCain and Bush can continue to "fool them"

    October 31, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Jennifer

    Do you HILLARY supporters realize McCain has never been and never will be pro anything when it comes to women? Hopefully you are all in or over menopause and never have to consider abortion for any reason whatsoever. Hopefully you have NO childen now because if you vote for McCain,,,,,remember this he WILL NOT vote for your kids!


    October 31, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Arizona for Obama


    Back in February of this year a reporter asked Mccain about Latinos. Mccain replied "They are good for manual labor." The reporter then asked "Is that all?" Mccain smiled and turned away from the reporter who didn't have a camera but he filmed it on his cell phone, that is why Mccain didn't think he was live. Very interesting to know what Mccain thinks of Latinos.

    October 31, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Blue in Red AZ

    oh yes.... "aware".... so since your little quote somehow qualifies McCain/Palin... does that mean that John and Cindy will get rid of their 7+ houses and multiple cars and Cindy McCain will stop showin up in public at these rallies full of "joe-six-packs" in $1000 + outfits so that they too can "become the change they wish to see in the world"?? ... oh and let's not forget Sarah Palin and her $20,000 plus make-up artist and $150,000 + wardrobe..... uh, yeah.... they really relate to all those "joe-six-packs" and "hockey moms"...... you "my friend" (to quote YOUR canidate) are obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer...... 🙂

    October 31, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. paul

    The latest WAFB statewide poll here in La. shows Obama down by 3%. By the way, I'm a 60 year old, white, registered Replublican who plans on voting for Obama on Tuesday.

    October 31, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Independent but Leaning

    John McCain- president for all people (not just those making under $300k... I mean $250k... I mean $200k... I mean $150k... I mean $120k).

    October 31, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. jay

    Aware you are not. Gandi would without a doubt vote for Obama over a hawk like McCain. Sam Sixpack is a single serving size of sillyness.

    October 31, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. So long money, I will miss you

    Obama raises taxes on the rich – how do they make up for it? The eliminate jobs.
    Obama raises minimum wage – the result? Small businesses eliminate jobs.
    Clinton endorses Obama. And the man is a former impeached President.

    I'm so inspired by Obama.

    At least he's going to benefit from President Bush's willingness to surge in Iraq. Had he not, Obama wouldn't have been able to set a time table (which is how long, exactly, Mr. Obama???).

    October 31, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Katran Miller

    Maybe that explains why Louisiana has gone from "lean" to "safe" McCain. The people worst affected by Katrina - the same day McCain was posing for photo ops of himself with George W. Bush and a birthday cake - are underrepresented.

    "Let them eat cake" indeed!

    October 31, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. WOW!!!

    aware but more human as compared to the "aware" m____r f____r also in the same category: Rob and j.williams.....no brains just like their pitiful old idol....the traitor, cheater, warmonger, irrational, erratic and the secessionist, wolves and moose killer

    October 31, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. While we're on the Katrina Subject

    Remember how well government took care of Katrina. I'm from the Houston area, they didn't do so great here either. One job- get ice and food to people. Sounds simple enough. The government botched it again. Not W, not the white house, a bunch of tax munching bureaucrats. The government can't handle a simple job and yet you all want them to handle your livelyhoods, your healthcare, your pensions, your piece of pie.

    October 31, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. BAT

    Very interesting. What a fine addition to the CNN staff this new writer is becoming!

    October 31, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Allan G.

    3 years later...same stupid people, with the same stupid re-elected mayor still waitng for the feds to bail-em out. Lesson be learned. Don't depend on the federal govt to help you. It isn't going to happen, ever, no matter who's in charge. Big government = Big problems.

    October 31, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. BAT

    Very interesting. What a fine addition to the CNN staff this new writer is becoming!

    October 31, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Annette Harris Brandon MS

    I feel bad for the victims of Louisiana affected by Katrina. I hope their rights for voting are not taken away because they have been displaced for over three years. A vote for Obama will ensure that our infrastructure will be rebuilt. Just 4 more days...

    October 31, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. who do you think built this country???

    "Hard Working American for McCain October 31st, 2008 4:58 pm ET

    I can't believe you Katrina victems are still singing the blues. It's been over 3 years. If you haven't done something with your life by now then you probably never will. Honestly, I wish you'd get the hell out of my town. You bums have done nothing but create problems!"

    You know my first throught was to cuss you out. but then I started thinking that's not the way. Life is difficult and God has stated that we must forgive each other therefore if we look for forgiveness we might receive it. I can say this and not feel at all bad about saying it.

    fear + ignorance = hate but intelligence x (tolerance) + action = freedom.... therefore any one can be a slave to hatred, but those who long to be free have a well marked path.

    October 31, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. katy


    October 31, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Paul, MO

    McCain is too old to be president!

    I'm a republican, and have great respect for the man, but i do think his age is a valid issue.
    Especially because his running mate Palin terrifies me! If she becomes president the USA would fall apart! And Americas already poor global reputation will be shattered!!

    Imagine Sarah Palin dealing with the Iraq war….. the economic crisis she knows nothing about….. What if USA is attacked again while she is in charge. That is Scary!

    Palin is a risk i'm not willing to make!!

    October 31, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    And John and Cindy ate birthday cake with George Bush while New Orleans drowned. Hypocrites!!!

    October 31, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. So long money, I will miss you

    You're not a Republican, liar.

    October 31, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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