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November 5, 2012

Despite Sandy storm damage, election officials hopeful

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NEW YORK —

Some New York City leaders remained worried. Mayor Michael Bloomberg noted that the polling-place changes would affect some 143,000 New Yorkers. There were concerns about whether some poll workers might fail to show up, and as of Sunday night, the city’s voting information hotline was down.

“Over the next day, it’s going to be critical that the Board of Elections communicate this new information to their poll workers,” he said.

The board, which is independent of the mayor’s office, has historically had problems opening all voting locations on time, even in a normal year, the mayor noted.

Just east of the city, in Nassau County, Elections Commissioner William Biamonte warned that some voting locations would have a “paramilitary look,” with portable toilets, emergency lighting and voting machines running off a generator.

As of Sunday morning, the county had 266,000 homes and business without power. Some 30 to 40 polling locations were expected to be changed because of storm problems.

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