Tuesday, February 21, 2006

NAACP wants elections postponed

WWLTV.com | Local News
The Department of Justice should postpone upcoming elections in New Orleans until displaced voters have been located, NAACP officials said Saturday. "We're worried about the voting rights of our people in New Orleans who are not, for the most part, in New Orleans," said Bruce S. Gordon, NAACP president. "People should still have a say in what happens in the communities that were ravaged by Katrina."
Unquestionably correct.


bayoustjohndavid said...

Hate to disagree with you Joseph, actually I only partly disagree. But how long should we postpone the election? People say things are on hold until after Mardi Gras, but I think that people are on hold until the campaign forces people, including the mayor, to get specific about their plans. For example, the mayor recently said, "we'll limp through 2006, but in 2007 we won't have all those community disaster loans." He didn't say his plans for 2007. We need the campaign to make people focus on 2007.

I know, that has nothing to with the principle, but that postponement could easily stretch into 2007. How long can you extend a term? One year? Two years?
Of course, the principle's right. Tough call.

Joseph said...

I'd feel much better about this is the state was making more of an effort to make sure that evacuees were contacted and knew what their rights were. As it is, for most of the evacuees, the hurricane took away their right to vote.
For me it's not essential that there be a postponement, but the election be done right.