Homes and Voting in NO
Despite claim by FEMA that they are using every resources in order to rebuild New Orleans and bring resident back to the city, they have continued to deny much needed aid. This is not only from foreign governments, but also the American federal government. When the interior department offered FEMA rooms, equipment, trucks, boats, aircraft, police officers, special agents, and refuge officers; none were integrated into the recovery of Katrina. According to Senator Susan Collins, all of these resources are exactly what were needed in order to respond to Katrina effectively in search and-rescue operations.
Michael Chertoff said, “The idea that this department [Department of Homeland Security] and this administration and the president were somehow detached from Katrina is simply not correct. We were acutely aware of Katrina and the threat it posed.”
With the loss of faith in the levees, and the upcoming hurricane season, there is no confidence in reconstruction. This means that is people do not have confidence in the levee system, that resident will not be coming back.
Another problem was voting. The recent election on April 22, 2006, was controversial due to the number of people who were disenfranchised. Because there were so many displaced residents, more then 60%, there was the problem of how they would vote. There is satellite-voting set up throughout the state of Louisiana, but not outside the state due to legal issues despite most displace resident are outside the state, many in Houston Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.
Though thee are thousands of absentee ballot, there are complaints of them being incorrect, with too little time to correct them. Even with these absentee ballots, a voter is simply getting a list of names with no background to what the candidate stands for, or if that candidate wants them to come back.
Several Civil Rights groups have called the elections unconstitutional, claiming that they favor whites because most displaced residents outside the state are black, and that the elections are requiring an unconstitutional poll tax by require residents to pay travel because they have been displaced outside of the state.
Before the storm, 63% of New Orleans votes were black. But many of the black voters have been unable to come back because the area with the worst flooding and least rebuilding has been the neighborhoods with mostly black residents. Area such as the French Quarter and Uptown, with mostly white residents, are the areas where the most residents have come back.
Due to the close election this past weekend there will be another vote for mayor for the two top candidates, Nagin and Landrieu.
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