Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Update: Judge refuses to delay New Orleans vote...

A federal judge yesterday refused to delay New Orleans' April 22 mayoral election, telling both sides to solve any problems that might hinder displaced residents' ability to vote.

"I recognize that there is still room for improvement in that electoral process," U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle said.

Civil rights groups wanted to postpone what would be the city's first municipal elections since Hurricane Katrina, arguing that too many black residents won't be able to participate.

The Aug. 29 storm flooded 80 percent of the city, destroying some polling places and scattering more than half the population. What was a mostly black city of nearly half a million people was reduced to well under 200,000 inhabitants.

I expect we have not heard the end of this story.