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New Yorkers Displaced By Hurricane Sandy Can Vote Anywhere Today

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On November 6, 2012 @ 2:40 pm In Bronx,Brooklyn,Queens,Staten Island,The Bronx,Water,Weather | No Comments

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If you’re one of more than 140,000 New Yorkers whose polling sites are closed today because of Hurricane Sandy [5], you might be wondering where you can vote. Thanks to Governor Cuomo, the answer to that question is anywhere you want. Yesterday, the Governor signed an executive order allowing voters in NY that were displaced by the storm to cast affidavit ballots at polling sites outside of their normal voting districts. Low voter turnout in the Mid-Atlantic region due to Sandy [6] has been an ongoing worry for the past week so we’re hoping that the Governor’s swift action will make it as easy as possible for people to vote today. However, New Yorkers should be aware that only voters who are registered in New York counties that have been declared federal disaster areas are covered by this executive order, so it’s not a free ticket for just anyone to vote from wherever is most convenient for them.

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