Groups Ask Texas to Extend Voter Registration in Areas Hit by Ike

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A coalition of citizen groups is urging Texas Governor Rick Perry to use emergency powers to extend the voter registration deadline in the counties hit hardest by Hurricane Ike.

The groups say they want Perry to extend the deadline at least a week past the current October 6th cutoff. A spokesman for Houston Votes says "many Texans lost all their possessions to Hurricane Ike; they should not also lose their right to vote."

A spokesman for the governor says each of the 29 counties that have been declared disaster areas would have to make a specific request before he could consider it. She says Perry hasn't received any such request, nor has any county official told him there's a registration problem.

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