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Hurricane Complicates Voting Locations, Stay Tuned for Updates

Posted by Sunny Bjerk , November 02, 2012

Hurricane Complicates Voting Locations, Stay Tuned for Updates

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While many of us throughout the city are still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, waiting for clean drinking water, electricity to call our loved ones, to store our own food in our homes, and to power nearby bodegas and grocery stores, it is shocking to remember that Election Day is right around the corner.

Tuesday, November 6th, for better or worse, the country will vote for the next POTUS (my new favorite acronym: President of the United States).


As we and others have posted on Facebook and Twitter, the hurricane has undoubtedly complicated people’s abilities to vote across NY, NJ, and other areas hit by the storm. For one, many polling places are without power, which would mean that this will be the first time in a long, long time that candles or other such avenues are used to light the (political) way.

While Governor Christie and Governor Cuomo are asking the electric companies to try to restore power to the polling places first, this brings up the second challenge: many of these polling places are still be utilized as emergency shelters for those who have been displaced by the hurricane.

When I visited Fort Greene’s Brooklyn Technical High School last night to help out at the high school-cum-emergency shelter, I was told by a flurry of volunteer coordinators wearing orange construction vests that there were at least 400 people still living in the shelter.

Currently, the locations for many polling places are uncertain. In a notice posted on, it states:

“Due to hurricane Sandy, poll site information for the November 6, 2012 election may be incorrect. Contact your county board of elections for your correct poll site information. If you live in the City of New York go to for your poll site information, *however please be mindful that this also may change due to the hurricane*.”

While this uncertainty is scary, rest assured that we will continue to update voting information into the weekend. Stay tuned for updates.

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