FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—March 16, 2006
Contact: Chris Whitmire
Phone: (803) 734-9070
COLUMBIA, SC— SEC Executive Director Marci Andino today urged all New Orleans’ Hurricane Katrina evacuees, who have temporarily relocated to South Carolina, to immediately contact the Louisiana Secretary of State in order to participate in the upcoming Orleans Parish elections. Elections postponed in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will be held April 22 and May 20.
“I want to ensure that no eligible voter in South Carolina is denied an opportunity to vote, even if they are voting in another state’s elections,” Andino said. “It’s important that all evacuees exercise their right to vote in Louisiana’s upcoming elections."
Registered Louisiana voters who have temporarily relocated to South Carolina are still eligible to vote in their home parishes if they have not registered to vote in South Carolina or another state. Those voters have three opportunities to vote: by mail using an absentee ballot, in person at the Registrar of Voters’ Office six to 12 days before an election or in person at the polling place on Election Day.
Hurricane Katrina evacuees who would like more information on how to check their current registration status, register to vote or cast a ballot should contact Louisiana Secretary of State Al Ater’s Office at 1-800-883-2805 or via email at email@example.com.
Louisiana voters may download an application to vote absentee by visiting: http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/elections/MISC/request_absentee_ballot.pdf
Louisiana voters may also find more information about voting in Louisiana at: http://www.sec.state.la.us/elections/elect-before.htm
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