SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) _ Citizens heeding pleas to ''vote if you can; bring a can if you vote'' donated more than 27 tons of food to a tri-state food bank, drive sponsors said.

The drive to aid the Food Bank of Ark-La-Tex targeted voters in four parishes of northwestern Louisiana. In Caddo and Bossier parishes alone, more than 27 tons of canned goods were collected, Doyle Helton, the food bank's executive director, said Wednesday.

Union drivers in the area were helping pick up the food, he said.

A food drive for the needy in Shreveport and Bossier City for the Sept. 27 primary election collected about 20 tons of food. Helton said he has talked with Secretary of State Jim Brown about going statewide with the next drive, to benefit both his group and the other state-certified food bank, in New Orleans.