Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Electoral consequences

My column this week considers the consequences of efforts to chance election regulations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The column begins:

Indications are that many who fled Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina just aren't coming back. But that hasn't stopped members of the U.S. House and Senate from proposing legislation that would allow evacuees to vote absentee in Louisiana elections through 2008. It was inevitable, really, given the observation only days after evacuees began arriving in Houston that the Democrats' margin of victory in Louisiana was sitting under the Astrodome.
It concludes:
Officials pushing for extended absentee voting privileges might want to be careful what they wish for. Louisiana's leaders are unaccustomed to accountability, but the next few elections might introduce them to concepts most of their counterparts elsewhere across the country encounter on a regular basis. Actions (or inactions, as the case may be) have consequences.