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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2006
Contact: Doug Dunbar

Secretary of State Dunlap Encourages Katrina Evacuees to
Take Advantage of Opportunity to Vote

AUGUSTA, MAINE — Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap encouraged all Hurricane Katrina evacuees from New Orleans, who have temporarily relocated to Maine, to contact the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office in order to participate in the upcoming Orleans Parish elections.   Elections postponed in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will be held April 22 and May 20.

“All eligible Louisiana voters temporarily living in Maine have the opportunity to vote in their elections back home,” Secretary Dunlap commented.   “It’s important that all evacuees exercise their right to vote in Louisiana’s upcoming elections.”

Registered Louisiana voters who have temporarily relocated to Maine are eligible to vote in their home parishes if they have not registered to vote in Maine or another state.   Those voters have three opportunities to vote:  by mail using an absentee ballot; in person at the Registrar of Voters’ office 6 to 12 days before an election; or in person at the polling place on Election Day.

Hurricane Katrina evacuees who would like more information on how to check their current registration status, register to vote, or cast a ballot should contact Louisiana Secretary of State Al Ater’s Office at 1-800-883-2805 or via e-mail at elections@sos.louisiana.gov.   Louisiana voters may download an absentee ballot application online by visiting www.sos.louisiana.gov/elections/MISC/request_absentee_ballot.pdf.   They may also find more information about voting in Louisiana at www.sec.state.la.us/elections/elect-before.htm.