Group Taking Four-Hour Trip to Vote in New Orleans Election

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:

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