Wednesday, November 7, 2012

US President Voting the latest challenge for Superstorm Sandy victims

People line up to cast their votes in Lindell School, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Long Beach, N.Y.,
New YorkVoting in a the US presidential election was the latest challenge for the hundreds of thousands of people in the New York-New Jersey area still affected by Super storm Sandy, as they struggled to get to non-damaged polling places to cast their ballots in one of the tightest elections in recent history.

The campaigns of both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have long assumed that the heavily Democratic region would support Obama, but determined voters were taking special election shuttles from storm-hit areas and voting by affidavit from any polling place they could reach after officials put emergency measures in place.

Early turnout appeared high, despite some malfunctioning machines and confusion over where to go. At least one polling site with power was lit with flares. Some voted by flashlight.
Some polling places were in tents, and some voters were in tears. Read More...


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