New York adjusts absentee vote deadline after Sandy
November 1st, 2012
12:49 PM ET
1 year ago

New York adjusts absentee vote deadline after Sandy

(CNN) - New York, one of the states hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, has extended the deadline for absentee ballots and applications not delivered or requested in person, the State Board of Elections said.

New York City's election preparation efforts have also been hampered by flooding, power outages, and transportation shutdowns. The city's election board said their offices in Manhattan and Staten Island were closed and phone hotline was not operating correctly, but that additional staff had been assigned to handle absentee ballots and election preparations.

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The state's original deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail or phone was this last Tuesday, when the storm was battering parts of the state, but the elections board said the deadline has been extended through Friday. While absentee ballots returned by mail can not be postmarked after Monday, the elections board extended by nearly a week the window for those ballots to be received.

The deadline for voters to submit an absentee ballot in person has not changed from Monday, the board said.

In person voting could hit hurdles, too, as a CNN survey on Wednesday of Long Island's Nassau County showed nine in ten polling stations were without power and nearly seven in ten were in flood plains.

The state elections board held an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss the matter.

Sandy claimed at least 34 lives in New York, where over 1.5 million customers remain without power.

The storm also impacted several key battleground states in the presidential race. New York is considered safely in President Barack Obama's column on the CNN Electoral Map.

– CNN's Allison Brennan and Javi Morgado contributed to this report


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    Sandy has provided the leftists a great last minute method to massively increase their election fraud. And just how does the election system prevent people from voting numerous times??? Answer: It doesn't. Why do you think they oppose voter IDS?!

    November 1, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. cali girl

    My best wishes go out to the East coast, and wishing a speedy recovery. New Yorkers have had some rough patches, including 9/11, but just know that all Americans are here to support you 100%.

    November 1, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. demwit

    New York is Obama country! Hows those government services working for you today???

    November 1, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Thomas

    @truth hurts
    Sandy has provided the leftists a great last minute method to massively increase their election fraud. And just how does the election system prevent people from voting numerous times??? Answer: It doesn't. Why do you think they oppose voter IDS?!

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    Why do you hate the American Spirit of deversaty and hope so much ?

    November 1, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |