The extraordinary circumstance of such a major storm disrupting services so close to the registration deadlines for states including Georgia, Florida and South Carolina have prompted the calls. Advocates said one of their concerns is that many communities along the coast under mandatory evacuation orders have significant numbers of African American and minority populations, which have historically been underrepresented on the rolls.
Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered the mandatory evacuation of some 500,000 residents from Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties. He has also called for a voluntary evacuation of thousands of residents just inland from the coast.