New Orleans municipal elections scheduled for this spring could set new records for minority disenfranchisement, possibly surpassing the election debacles in Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004. The team that rebuilds New Orleans may be elected without input of the majority of the city's displaced residents—who are largely African American—who cannot afford to return to vote.
Sign onto PFAW's statement calling on Louisiana officials to make these elections as fair as possible by postponing the elections until they open satellite voting centers in the cities where large numbers of New Orleanians are currently staying.
"If New Orleans' municipal elections are allowed to go forward as planned, hundreds of thousands of the city's residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina—most of them low-income and African American—could be disenfranchised.
We call for these elections to be postponed until they can be administered fairly. This must include opening satellite polling places outside Louisiana in cities with large numbers of Katrina evacuees to mitigate the impact of these flawed elections."