Voting to go on despite Sandy
For many in the New York and New Jersey area, this past week has been one for the record books. Superstorm Sandy touched down a week ago and since then has continued to wreak havoc on citizens along the East Coast. Despite the struggles many are facing - no power, food, clean water or shelter - many will still be heading to the polls today to cast their vote. CBS News reports government officials were originally planning to have polls open per usual, though that quickly changed as the storm got worse.
Now, residents in both New York and New Jersey will be having a different election day as new arrangements have been set up to ensure everyone has a chance to be heard.
"Just because you are displaced doesn't mean you are disenfranchised," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told the news source. "Compared to what we have had to deal with in the past week, this will be a walk in the park when it comes to voting."
Temporary voting areas have been set up in areas around New York City that were unaffected by Sandy. The MTA is providing free "voting shuttles" for people in the Rockaways, Staten Island and Coney Island.
The Associated Press reports other considerations have been made in order to allow people of New Jersey to vote. Residents without power or polls nearby can either send in provisional ballots (ballots that are counted after elected officials confirm a voter's eligibility), or vote via email or fax. However, these people would also need to submit a paper ballot as well. For New Jersey residents like Annette DeBona, being able to vote is helping her feel a bit better in the face of such tragedy.
"Oh my God, I have been so anxious about being able to vote," DeBona told the publication. "It's such a relief to be able to do it. This is the happiest vote I ever cast in my life."
Are you planning to vote? Did Sandy cause problems with the polls in your area?