Hurricane Sandy's Election Impact

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The 2012 election is just six days away, and voters in swing states like Virginia, Pennsylvania, and even as far west as Ohio are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy. Flooding and felled trees continue to block roads, and millions of people are still without power. 

How might Hurricane Sandy impact affect early voting, and voter turnout on election day?

The New York State Board of Elections notes on its website that, "Due to Hurricane Sandy, poll site information for the November 6, 2012 election may change." Anna Sale, reporter for It's A Free Country, Takeaway co-producer WNYC's politics website, explains that, while Virginia voters will be allowed to vote absentee because of the Hurricane, the same rules do not apply for New York voters.

Hurricane Sandy also closed early voting stations in Maryland and in Washington on Monday and Tuesday this week, and canceled poll worker training in parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Todd Zwillich is The Takeaway's Washington correspondent.


Anna Sale and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [4]

Benjamin Smith


I'm a NYA volunteer. I believe the info the Aquarium has released publicly so far is as follows: indications are that all animals are OK. The facilities have been significantly affected and the Aquarium is closed until further notice


Oct. 31 2012 08:40 PM
matt perros from ann arbor mi

ok my theory is make an exception for the sandy area and give them a break or a absentee

Oct. 31 2012 03:42 PM
Peggy M from Westchester County, NY

I just heard a women (and the reporter covering the story) say that they would have evacuated but they had no place to go. How about some fact checking for this claim? How hard did they try? Let's see a list of the friends they contacted who turned them down, motels contacted, etc. I'm so tired of hearing from people who knowingly live in floodplains and then want our sympathy and money when they get flooded. Why can't this freeloading behavior be reported instead of sob stories about them.
All the best, Peggy M

Oct. 31 2012 03:36 PM
sarah from Portland, OR

Throughout the last few days my confidence in Obama has never once wavered; in fact it has only strengthened. And how am i spending my halloween morning, you ask? PUTTING TOGETHER A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT. Hurricane Sandy has forced me off the couch and into a proactive state for if, and more likely when, disaster should strike my area. By the way, my mother is named Sandy and my husband's mother is named Irene.

Oct. 31 2012 01:15 PM

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