Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Louisiana: High number of democratic black voters taken off the rolls

A higher percentage than usual of black Democratic voters came off state election rolls during last weekend’s legally required cleansing of chronic non-voters.

State election officials attribute the situation in large part to Hurricane Katrina’s 2005 displacement of people from Orleans Parish, which is heavily Democratic and black.

Typically, the percentages of canceled black, white, Democratic and Republican voters end up being “a mirror image” of the pre-purge statewide voter registration percentages, secretary of state spokesman Jacques Berry said.

“But that is not the case this go-round because of so many people coming off the rolls in Orleans,” Berry said.

Pre-purge black voters represented 30.6 percent of the state’s 2.94 million voters.

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