April 15, 2006 - Posted at 12:28 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ In Little Rock, several New Orleans residents
displaced by Hurricane Katrina prepared to make on a four-hour
roundtrip today to cast their votes in the city's mayoral election.
About a dozen met at the ACORN office to await rented vans to take
them to Shreveport, where polls are set up for early voting.
Fifty-year-old Richard Simmons, whose family has lived in the
famous port city for generations, says voting to him, as a black
man, is especially important. He says he wished a satellite system
had been set up to allow displaced residents in Arkansas to vote
but he stressed that others, like him, still don't have to miss out
on their basic right to have a say in rebuilding New Orleans.
Simmons and others in the group said the thousands who remain in
Arkansas since leaving New Orleans can get information on how to
vote by contacting ACORN or going to the Louisiana Secretary of
State's Web site for information.
Louisiana Secretary of State: