Voters displaced by Katrina to Memphis wrestle with rules

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - New Orleans residents forced by Hurricane Katrina to find temporary homes in Memphis now have another chore - figuring out how to get their votes counted in their hometown's mayoral election.

The Louisiana secretary of state's office says it's spent some three million dollars on mass mailings and public service announcements, particularly in Atlanta, Houston and Dallas, to advise displaced New Orleans voters how to cast ballots.

But those instructions apparently aren't reaching everyone. No firm numbers are available, but several thousand evacuees are believed to still be in the Memphis area.

The mayor's election is this Saturday, but early voting is under way at ten sites set up across Louisiana.

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