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6-Hour Trip Doesn't Deter New Orleans Group From Voting

April 16, 2006 - Posted at 12:03 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Hundreds of miles and hours of travel didn't

keep a group of New Orleans residents from heading out today from

Little Rock for a voting booth in Louisiana.

Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, about 20 New Orleanians living

in Arkansas set out in two vans for Shreveport, a satellite voting

center where they can cast early ballots in the New Orleans'

mayoral election.

Sixty-two-year-old Jerry Peel says the group wants to make a

statement to the thousands of other evacuees still living in

Arkansas that there's still time to vote.

Residents scattered by the storm can cast their ballots at

satellite voting centers in Shreveport and other cities around

Louisiana. The Louisiana Secretary of State's Office has a

toll-free number and a Web site where voters can get information on

absentee voting.

Roundtrip to Shreveport and back is about 400 miles and about a

six-hour drive. Many of those displaced by the hurricane said they

wanted to make the trip but wouldn't because they didn't want to

leave Arkansas just as family members from elsewhere were arriving

for an Easter weekend visit. So the Little Rock group set out today

and planned to return this evening.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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