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Jesse Jackson concerned over elections in New Orleans

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Reverend Jesse Jackson says elections in New Orleans should be stopped because thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees will not be able to vote.

He says going ahead with the election would violate the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Jackson wants the Department of Justice to ensure that all New Orleans residents have a chance to vote.

Jackson says, “The most mobile minority that’s there, perhaps never left, can vote, and the least mobile, the furthest from home, infact are denied access to the right to vote.”

Jackson says election officials have lost track of evacuees because of miscommunications between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the New Orleans Secretary of State.

Jackson says he wants satellite polling places set up for all displaced voters.

The New Orleans primary election is April first.

The U.S. Justice Department did not return phone calls for this report.

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