"Officials Rush to Find Ways for the Storm-Tossed to Vote"

"Elected officials in New York and New Jersey scrambled Monday to enable displaced citizens to vote in the election on Tuesday, relocating scores of coastal polling places that had become unusable because of power failures, flooding or evacuations."

"New Jersey and New York both said they would allow voters uprooted by Hurricane Sandy to cast provisional ballots anywhere in their states.

“Just because you’re displaced doesn’t mean you should be disenfranchised,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said in announcing the step on Monday.

But the provisional ballots would, in many cases, allow residents to vote only in statewide contests and in the presidential election, in which President Obama is heavily favored in both states. The ballots could not be used in local and Congressional races, which in some areas are far more competitive."

David M. Halbfinger, Thomas Kaplan and Wendy Ruderman report for the New York Times November 5, 2012.

SEE ALSO:

"With $200 Million in U.S. Housing Aid, Officials Begin Relocating the Displaced" (New York Times)

"Gas Lines Ease, but Shortages and Closed Stations Persist Across New York Region" (New York Times)

"Where Boardwalks Beckoned, a Way of Life Lies in Splinters" (New York Times)

"In Brooklyn, Worrying About Not Only Flooding but Also What’s in Water" (New York Times)

"Midweek Northeaster May Stymie Recovery Efforts With Floods and Loss of Power" (New York Times)

"Bloomberg Names Brad Gair as Housing Recovery Chief as New Storm Looms" (Newsday)
 

Source: NY Times, 11/06/2012