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New York Extends Absentee Voting Time in Lieu of Hurricane Sandy

Posted: Nov. 6th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

Although voting time restraints have normally been set in stone, practically no matter what, residents of New York City (and the rest of the state as well) are being granted an extension to mailing in their absentee ballots due to the destruction that Hurricane Sandy has caused. However, there hasn't been word yet about an extension for regular voting.

New York, one of the states hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, has extended the deadline for absentee ballots and applications not delivered or requested in person, the State Board of Elections said.

New York City's election preparation efforts have also been hampered by flooding, power outages, and transportation shutdowns. The city's election board said their offices in Manhattan and Staten Island were closed and phone hotline was not operating correctly, but that additional staff had been assigned to handle absentee ballots and election preparations.

The state's original deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail or phone was this last Tuesday, when the storm was battering parts of the state, but the elections board said the deadline has been extended through Friday.

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Carolyn Hsu is the New York Correspondent for JustLuxe and has been beauty, fashion, and travel editor at The Daily Obsession and a freelance writer...

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