Storm water had moved a tomb near the front door. When the door was opened a snake slithered out from the accumulated marsh grass. Jumping out of the way, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s only thought was “nope.” St. Paul Baptist Church, a Plaquemines Parish precinct polling station, wouldn’t be used for voting in the Nov. 13 election. A new location would have to be found. Eventually parish authorities settled on Belle Chasse Middle School Gymnasium, eight miles away. During his four-day tour of 11 storm-ravaged parishes, Ardoin found that 34 of Terrebonne Parish’s 77 precincts would have to be moved, nine of St. Charles’ 41 precincts, 28 of Jefferson’s 273 precincts, several in St. Helena Parish and every one of Lafourche’s “down the bayou” 10th Ward voting locations had been destroyed or damaged. Mark Ballard, The Advocate.
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