NY, NJ officials help displaced residents vote

Officials are shuttling voters to polling stations in an effort to ensure those affected by Sandy can still vote

Topics: New Jersey, New York, From the Wires, voting, 2012 election, Hurricane Sandy, ,

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials in New York and New Jersey plan to go to considerable lengths Tuesday to ensure victims of Superstorm Sandy can still vote, in some cases shuttling voters to polling stations and allowing residents to cast provisional ballots.

Authorities in both states were guardedly optimistic that most polling places would be open in all but the worst-hit areas. In New Jersey, officials said fewer than 100 polling places in the state were without power compared with 800 sites a few days ago. In New York City, just 60 of the city’s 1,350 polling sites remained unusable.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, quote, “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.”

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