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Racial Terrorism Used To Block N.O. Elections

The fix is in.

If the NAACP and the other professional poverty pimps don’t have their chosen elected, there will be no end to costly legal challenges.

Once you go black, you can never go back.

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, center, flanked by Rev. Jesse Jackson, left, and Rev. Al Sharpton, gestures during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2006. Morial joined a national coalition calling for the Justice Department and the State of Louisiana to protect the rights of over 150,000 New Orleans’ black voters and to enforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by providing satellite voting outside of Louisiana.

Judge Hears Challenge to New Orleans Vote

By CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS – With less than a month before New Orleans’ first elections since Hurricane Katrina, the voting plan and even the date are still in dispute.

Civil rights groups returned to federal court Monday morning to try to block the April 22 mayoral election, arguing that too many black residents scattered by Katrina won’t be able to participate.

U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle agreed to reconsider their petition after initially turning aside pleas for a postponement.

The election has turned into a test of government’s ability to hold an election in the midst of rebuilding a major urban center where more than half of the population has been displaced.

The results are expected to heavily influence how the city is rebuilt.

Mayor Ray Nagin, criticized in some quarters for his response to the hurricane, is running for re-election in what was a mostly black city of nearly half a million people before Katrina reduced it to well under 200,000 inhabitants. The 49-year-old mayor faces nearly two dozen opponents, including Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu and Audubon Institute chief executive Ron Forman.

The state is implementing an emergency election plan that includes polling stations set up in 10 Louisiana cities, a national advertising campaign to inform displaced voters, and an easing of voting rules to allow displaced residents to cast ballots.

But civil rights groups say the plan does not do enough to reach out to displaced black voters.

Election procedures in Louisiana and many other Southern states are subject to Justice Department approval because of their history of racial discrimination.

Monday’s hearing was called after the NAACP and other civil rights groups argued that the election plan contained the equivalent of a poll tax — a voting fee that was banned after it was abused in the South to disenfranchise blacks. They said displaced residents would have to pay for transportation to vote in New Orleans and the expenses would be the "modern equivalent of a poll tax."

Fewer than 10,000 registered voters have requested absentee ballots, said Dale Atkins, who is campaigning for re-election as civil district court clerk.

Other complaints include cumbersome absentee ballot procedures, frequent movement of precinct locations and a refusal to share information about how candidates can reach the displaced voters.

"We are seeing people from Iraq being treated better than people from New Orleans," the Rev. Al Sharpton said.

Several black leaders argued Friday for satellite voting locations outside Louisiana, though a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Al Ater, the state’s top election official, said state law doesn’t allow out-of-state voting operations.

"This is a Florida in the making," said Urban League President Marc Morial, a former New Orleans mayor, referring to Florida’s extensive voting problems in the 2000 elections. "If you see an election train wreck coming, why not do something to prevent it before the wreck occurs?"

It’s funny. I can remember back to when the slogan of the Civil Rights movement was "one man, one vote."

Not any more. Some people’s votes count a lot more.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 27th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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