Voting in a Disaster Area

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Voting Booth (Mortimer62/flickr)

When Hurricane Sandy hit land earlier this week, millions of people were left without electricity, miles of roads were left clogged with debris, and thousands of homes were either flooded or ripped from their foundations.

But while Sandy’s main impacts have been felt on roads, in homes, and in communities, they also have the potential of being felt at the voting booth.

Will all the displaced people be able to make it to the polls? Will the absentee ballots be delivered? And in places that rely on electronic voting machines, will voting even be possible?

Scott Colabella, the county clerk for Ocean County, New Jersey — one of the places that was hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy — explains the voting situation in his county.


Scott Colabella

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]


Many who want to vote and have the right to vote in he ravished Hurricane Sandy areas may no longer have personal identification or ballots. That coupled with the questionable availability of voting places, voting machines and just the general information flow to the affected citizens on where and how to vote is a real concern. Milllions of people's rights and millions of votes are at stake during a very close election. What is being done to ensure that all who want to vote will be allowed to?

Nov. 05 2012 04:19 PM
Angel from Miami, FL

Solar powered double-wide trailers as emergency voting mobile locations. Tow these to shelters and broadcast public service announcements via TV and radio and cellular texting.

Nov. 01 2012 09:27 AM

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