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|Ater asked to testify before subcommittee|
Former Louisiana Secretary of State Al Ater has sent a report to a Congressional subcommittee on his experiences and suggestions concerning election contingency plans.
Ater, a Tensas Parish farmer, was invited to testify this week before a House Subcommittee on Governmental Administration dealing with contingency plans for elections in case of natural disasters or acts of terrorism.
Ater was Secretary of State following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and put together a successful plan afterward to deal with the election process in New Orleans and elsewhere.
New York City's Director of Elections Tom Wilkie is expected to testify before the subcommittee this week. He will relate his experiences concerning 9/11 terrorist attacks, which occurred on an election day in the city.
Ater said he regretted he would be unable to attend the hearings, but is sending testimony.
"I'm just too busy farming," said Ater. "I got a call on Sunday to be in Washington on Wednesday. I wanted to do it, and even made plane reservations but just couldn't get away. I certainly feel passionately about these election issues. But the invitation came at an exceptionally busy time."
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