Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New York Governor Allows Voting At Any Polling Place...

...for individuals who reside and are registered to vote in disaster stricken counties. They may vote by affidavit ballot. The place at which they vote must then send that ballot to their county board of elections.

"Executive Order – Voting by Affidavit Ballot
Governor Cuomo has signed an Executive Order which provides for a voter who is a resident in the federally-declared disaster counties of Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester and of New York City (which includes Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond) who have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy:
  1. To vote an affidavit ballot at any poll site in New York State, other than their regular poll site;
  2. Every Board of Elections in the State shall transmit the completed affidavit ballot of any voter who resides in one of the above counties to the Board of Elections where such voter is registered to vote to be canvassed;
  3. The affidavit ballot can only be canvassed for such contests for which the person was entitled to vote at such election."
Source: http://www.elections.ny.gov/ 

The actual executive, supposedly, order can be downloaded here:


Let me say it may take a long time to be able to access either one. I got onto the NYS board of elections site only after about 3 to 4 minutes of waiting for the link to be established. So far, I have been unable to download the PDF file of the actual order because it was just taking way too long and I was not patient enough to wait more than a few minutes. I clicked on the link to the executive order, my third attempt, about 4 minutes ago. It still has not downloaded. According to the download notification at the bottom of my screen, only 2% has downloaded so far, it will take another 1 hour and 33 minutes to download it completely! The site for it must be swamped.

I think it was a last minute desperate effort, on the part of Governor Andrew Cuomo, to get people to vote for Obama. I suppose it truly was a good faith effort to get people out to vote but my guess is that this will cause a lot of confusion at the polling places and will lead to law suits after the election. Hopefully though, enough NY'ers will go out to vote and they will vote for Romney after becoming sic of Obama due to the inaction of the federal government regarding the aftermath of tropical storm Sandy. Yeah, I know - lots of luck on that dream becoming reality here in NY.

All the best,
Glenn B

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