April 22, 2006 - Posted at 1:29 p.m. CST
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A New Orleans resident showed up at dawn for
a vote she calls very close to her heart.
Polls have opened this morning for the city's first elections
since Hurricane Katrina.
Sixty-year-old Gloria Brown was in line around 5:30 a-m to help
decide who'll oversee one of the biggest reconstruction projects in
Twenty-two candidates -- including current Mayor Ray Nagin --
are on the ballot. The winner must get 50 percent of the votes.
Otherwise, a runoff will be held next month to decide between the
top two vote-getters.
Today's turnout is being closely watched by civil rights groups.
They've questioned whether the election in a city that once was
two-thirds black will be fair with so many black voters scattered
around the country.