Nola.com: NewsFlash - Blanco postpones New Orleans elections: "BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Â Gov. Kathleen Blanco postponed the New Orleans mayoral election indefinitely on Monday, setting up a legal battle with voters who filed a lawsuit seeking to ensure the election is held as scheduled in February.
Blanco's executive order cites the recommendation of Secretary of State Al Ater, the state's top elections officials, who has said the city is incapable of holding elections in February because Hurricane Katrina caused so much damage to polling sites and voting machines.
The postponement would affect the mayor race as well as scheduled elections for sheriff and city council seats.
A group of New Orleans voters last week filed suit against the governor, seeking to force her to hold the election as scheduled. A hearing in that case has not been set.
Qualifying for the elections was set to begin Wednesday."
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