Decision 2012

Nov 4, 2012 7:31 PM by Associated Press

Election officials hopeful, despite storm damage

NEW YORK - Power generators are being marshaled, polling locations moved and voting machines hurriedly put into place as officials prepare to hold the election in storm-ravaged sections of New York and New Jersey barely a week after Superstorm Sandy.

Organizers expressed guarded confidence Sunday that the presidential vote will proceed with no major disruptions in most areas hit by the storm. But it was unclear whether the preparations would be enough to avoid depressed turnout in communities where people still lack power or have been driven from their damaged homes.

Some voters will be casting ballots in places different from their usual polls. And some polling places will be running on generators and using emergency lights and portable toilets.

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