Remember the joyous day when Iraqis voted with purple thumbs to elect their National Assembly? Iraqi expatriates and exiles living in the US were also permitted to vote here at special polling places.
New Orleans is set to hold a mayoral election later this month, and a federal court has ruled that the city’s hurricane-displaced residents, many of whom are still living in Houston or other cities, will not be allowed to vote at remote polling places (i.e. wherever they happen to be right now).
The displaced are primarily black, primarily poor and tend to vote Democrat, if at all. A dispersed electorate, as they are now, is advantageous to Republicants as it dilutes the former's voting strength.
Some have suggested Republicants are looking to take advantage of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath to turn blue Louisiana (i.e. black and Democratic) into a red state.
The coming election could be the first step in that direction, as the displaced will lose their votes and their voices if nothing changes before April 22.
In addition to disenfranchisement, some bureaucrat deciding not to rebuild neighborhoods that those displaced Democratic voters lived in, giving them nowhere to return, would be a further blow. And I've heard talk.
Someone tell the president: Send troops into New Orleans to restore democracy ASAP! It's in trouble here at home, too.