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Nov 1, 2012 4:03 AM by AP/CS

Election after huge storm? La has the know-how

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Election officials from states hit by Hurricane Sandy had a phone conference with Louisiana's top elections official about preparing for elections after a devastating hurricane.

Secretary of State Tom Schedler tells The Advertiser that he spoke Friday with officials from New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Maryland, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware and Massachusetts.

Schedler says he told them to expect longer lines than usual, and to make sure that polling places have ample parking, signs, restrooms and water.

Schedler was a state senator when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit in 2005. Only local elections were held that year. They were postponed in Orleans and Jefferson parishes, hit Aug. 29 by Katrina, and in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion parishes, hit Sept. 24 by Rita.

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