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Sunday, November 4, 2012

U.S. Army mobilizes for victims Sandy can vote


Authorities in New Jersey where more than a million people remain without electricity , and New York still ignore how many polling stations will be open for this election to oppose Democratic President Barack Obama to Republican Mitt Romney . Sandy "is able to cause some chaos" in the voting operations, estimated Costas Panagopulos, political science professor and specialist in American electoral campaigns at Fordham University in New York. In New York, 3,000 locations that would serve both the presidential and legislative elections to local develop simultaneously, are deprived of electricity. Secretary of State of New Jersey , Kim Guadagno, explains that voters will be able to find "an army truck with a National Guard at his disposal and a large sign that will read: 'Vote here.' " In rooms where power cuts preclude the use of electronic machines will have paper ballots to enter into an envelope, said the governor, Chris ChristieThe states of New York and New Jersey also extended the time to vote by mail . In New Jersey, it will be possible to do the same Tuesday in the election and in New York until 19 November. The state of Connecticut (northeast) also extended the deadlines for registration on the electoral roll. Sandy force likely to change the location of the polling stations in New York, said John Conklin, a spokesman for the state election commission. "In the worst affected areas, will verify that the premises are accessible to the public , who have power, people have no difficulty reaching them. " Other resources will be installing improvised voting centers that bring together different districts or even tents, as is done in Queens , where a massive fire destroyed an entire neighborhood. To Panagopulos, Sandy raises many questions about the election and could delay the announcement of the final result . The states of New York and New Jersey are considered already won by President Barack Obama, seeking re-election, but the result may be released before the end of thec ounting of votes . "Local authorities, which until now were dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane, should focus on the problems of the vote," says the professor. It is likely that electricity shortages and other difficulties due to Sandy "causing errors in the counting of votes." "If the election is as disputed as expected, it will have an impact, and the final result could be delayed presidential" insisted Panagopulos. Donna Liebmeran, president of the Union for the New York Civil Liberties, fears that voters living in areas devastated by Sandy can not afford . "At the moment the main concern is provide food and get a roof, but are entitled to vote and to do everything possible to guarantee that right. " Even if prolonged periods, "we fear that the system is not flexible enough for the maximum amount of voters to express their vote," he said. "We already have problems when everything is easy to organize, especially when there are difficulties." New York's mayor, Michael Bloomberg , says the election will take place regardless. "It would be really a shame that some bureaucrats fail to do this, but I hope this does not happen," he said.

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