March 24, 2006


NAACP: Evacuees face poll tax in New Orleans (Chicago Sun-Times, March 24, 2006)

State election law is effectively placing a poll tax on up to 13,000 displaced residents who would have to make costly trips to New Orleans if they want to vote in city elections scheduled next month, advocacy groups said Thursday.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund and other advocacy groups filed a motion raising the issue this week in a federal case seeking the postponement of elections scheduled for April 22.

The obvious corollary of "no taxation without representation" is that there should be no representation without taxation, though the Constitution need to be unamended to allow for it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 24, 2006 9:05 AM

Ah, springtime in the courts. This one should lead a merry chase for a legion of lawyers.

Posted by: erp at March 24, 2006 10:08 AM

I suppose I do not have a problem with former New Orleanians continuing to vote in Crescent City elections for X years following their evacuation (the lawyers can decide what length of time is fair) PROVIDED they don't also vote in their new residences. I don't know if there is a way to adequately enforce this (absentee voter abuse seems to have increased in the last few elections). If not, I think the easiest thing would be to allow the evacuees to vote only in their new homes, with current New Orleans residents being the only participents in those elections.

Is the NAACP similarly concerned about displaced voters in Mississippi and Texas? Just curious.

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at March 24, 2006 10:37 AM

I think we should allow every member of the military to vote in every place they've ever lived. After all, they are forced to move against their will, and that's just not fair.

Posted by: b at March 24, 2006 11:58 AM

And they'll no doubt also be voting absentee from the places where they are living now as they'll be back in NOLA voting on election day.

Posted by: Rick T. at March 24, 2006 12:09 PM

Embarassingly stupid. It is as though this story had been planted by the Shockleyites.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 24, 2006 12:38 PM

No, they're not concerned about Miss. voters' rights, but given that Gulfport/Biloxi/Pascagoula is quite the GOP area, you'd think Haley Barbour's minions would be scrounging for addressed right now.

Or maybe Miss. simply treats those folks as, you know, non-residents now. What a novel concept.

Posted by: Brad S at March 24, 2006 12:53 PM