Will Sandy delay Election Day results?


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Michael Blaue send pictures of the polling place at 51st and 193rd East Avenue in Broken Arrow around 8am.
He said the wait time was about 20-30 minutes. (Michael Blaue)
Polling place at 51st & 193rd in Broken Arrow (Michael Blaue)
Updated: 10/31/2012 2:37 pm Published: 10/30/2012 9:12 pm


The Federal Emergency Management Agency's administrator, Craig Fugate, said on Monday he felt Superstorm Sandy’s impact could linger into next week and affect the Presidential Election scheduled for November sixth.

Now, voters across the country, and in Tulsa, are wondering how Sandy’s election aftermath could affect them. Now, the big question on many minds is if the election will be delayed.
 
“Yeah, I don't know, I see both sides of it, I guess,” Will McCuistian, a Tulsa voter, told FOX23.
 
“Oh man, that's a tough question,” Tulsan Carol Cowan said.
 
After Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on states like Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Connecticut there's been concern the storm won't be cleaned up in time for Election Day.
 
“There's no doubt it's going to suppress voter turnout. The question is in what direction one way or the other and that's kind of hard to tell right now,” David Harrelson said.
 
Harrelson is a political author from Tulsa. He says Sandy will probably affect Democrats more than Republicans because most states affected by this storm lean Democrat.
 
“There's never been a Presidential Election delayed by either a natural or a manmade event,” Harrelson said.
 
Congress is allowed to postpone federal elections, for the entire country, but that probably won't happen because Congress is in recess.

States could decide to delay the election, which means voters across America may not know if it's President Obama or President Romney for days or weeks.

 
“The election process is a long process and people want to know Tuesday night when they go to bed, or at the latest, Wednesday morning when they wake up,” McCuistian said.
 
“I don't want another hanging chad situation. I think everybody wants a resolution on the sixth,” Cowan told FOX23.
 
Harrelson says with no easy answer, Election Day will probably stay on schedule.
 
“The election is going to go on. It's not going to be stopped, it is going to go forth, and again, I just think that people who want to vote need to find a way to do so.”
 
The clean up has just begun in the areas affected by Sandy, and by later this week voters in the areas affected should have a better idea of how much this storm will hamper Election Day.

If large areas of the East Coast still don't have power, that could create massive problems because of all the electronic voting machines in use.

Paper ballots could be used, but the problem is getting enough printed in time. Also, those ballots would have to be manually counted and it could take a while to get the results.


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