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How to Vote in the New Orleans Mayoral Run-Off

The race for New Orleans mayor will be decided Saturday. Voters displaced by Hurricane Katrina will be able to cast absentee ballots until the polls close.

More than 22,000 people voted early or by absentee ballot for New Orleans mayor in April. Louisiana officials say they've already reached that level in this run-off race between incumbent Ray Nagin and Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu.

New Orleanians who evacuated to places like Texas and Mississippi and voted absentee during the first phase of the election last month automatically received a ballot for this round. Anyone else who still wants to vote absentee must request a ballot by 4:30 p.m. CT Friday and get a displaced-voter affidavit from the Louisiana Secretary of State's Web site.

The ballots are due back to the Orleans Parish registrar's office -- by fax (1-504-658-8315) or mail (Orleans Parish Registrar of Voters, 1300 Perdido St., Room 1W23, New Orleans, LA 70112) -- by the time the polls close at 8 p.m. CT Saturday. Additional information is available at the state's election hot line (1-800-883-2805).

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Cheryl Corley is a Chicago-based NPR correspondent who works for the National Desk. She primarily covers criminal justice issues as well as breaking news in the Midwest and across the country.