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    They can't push it later - congress has set the first Tuesday after the first Monday in Novemeber.

    Hmmm....good. Thing they don't require ID. Oh wiat, that still wouldn't be an excuse becauseeveryone would have ID if they wanted to vote. Sorry I know that is snarky, but don't you think there are valid reasons for not having an ID e.g., hurricane?

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    My husband has been an elections official for many years. This is only the second election in about 20 years that he hasn't worked. Part of his training included what to do in the event of various scenarios. Lack of gas shouldn't be a problem because all precincts are small enough to walk to your polling place. Something like localized flooding or a nearby fire might require moving the precinct to a safer place; in that case the old precinct would be well-marked, all routes to the old precinct would be well-marked, and a poll worker would stay as close to the old precinct as possible to direct people to the new precinct. If there's no power, and a generator isn't an option, the precinct should provide paper ballots for provisional voting. If all else fails, then local election officials have the authority to hand out and collect ballots from wherever they can safely set up within the boundaries of the precinct -- in front of a supermarket, in the back of their van, in someone else's garage -- and send poll workers door to door to let people know of the change. Election officials can & will send workers from another precinct to help out, and they can & will ask local high schools & colleges for help; anyone over the age of 18 can help with certain jobs and teachers will often give credit to students who help on election day. There's no excuse for anyone to NOT vote ON election day.
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    This is really good information. From what I understand but am not sure if still possibly necessary is that there was some trouble in getting setup to vote, perhaps due to damage and conditions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    My husband has been an elections official for many years. This is only the second election in about 20 years that he hasn't worked. Part of his training included what to do in the event of various scenarios. Lack of gas shouldn't be a problem because all precincts are small enough to walk to your polling place. Something like localized flooding or a nearby fire might require moving the precinct to a safer place; in that case the old precinct would be well-marked, all routes to the old precinct would be well-marked, and a poll worker would stay as close to the old precinct as possible to direct people to the new precinct. If there's no power, and a generator isn't an option, the precinct should provide paper ballots for provisional voting. If all else fails, then local election officials have the authority to hand out and collect ballots from wherever they can safely set up within the boundaries of the precinct -- in front of a supermarket, in the back of their van, in someone else's garage -- and send poll workers door to door to let people know of the change. Election officials can & will send workers from another precinct to help out, and they can & will ask local high schools & colleges for help; anyone over the age of 18 can help with certain jobs and teachers will often give credit to students who help on election day. There's no excuse for anyone to NOT vote ON election day.
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    Although I still do not think the election should be pushed back, there are people that will not be able to vote. My BIL is a part of the National Guard. So he (Along with the rest of his unit and other units all over NY) was moved from WNY to NYC to help deal with the situation. None of those people will be able to vote because it is too late to absentee vote and they can not go home to vote.

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    Yeah, the article linked above seemed to imply that the biggest problem so far is that venues aren't cleaned up enough for workers to leave the machines and some areas are still without power. Those aren't unsolvable problems. My husband has delivered machines at 4am on election day to places where they couldn't be delivered earlier. One year his election department van broke down so the election department hired a courier service to deliver replacement ballots that afternoon and my husband collected ballot boxes in a taxi that night to deliver to city hall.

    Funny story, when we got pregnant with Weston, the estimated date of conception was November 4th, election day. DH said, there's no way that's my kid, LOL, since he worked almost non-stop the day before, after, and on election day. He even slept at city hall instead of try to get home for less than four hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post

    Funny story, when we got pregnant with Weston, the estimated date of conception was November 4th, election day. DH said, there's no way that's my kid, LOL, since he worked almost non-stop the day before, after, and on election day. He even slept at city hall instead of try to get home for less than four hours.
    Funny. As an aside OT bit. My brother's birthday is Nov. 4th. (yesterday) It has been his birthday on election day several years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    Nov 4th is my brother's birthday as well.
    Something makes me think we talked about this last year on the TTCAL board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Although I still do not think the election should be pushed back, there are people that will not be able to vote. My BIL is a part of the National Guard. So he (Along with the rest of his unit and other units all over NY) was moved from WNY to NYC to help deal with the situation. None of those people will be able to vote because it is too late to absentee vote and they can not go home to vote.
    He could have voted before he left. He can vote provisionally at any precinct in the state; only those races where he is eligible to vote will be counted, so his vote for mayor or local rep won't count, but state propositions and statewide positions will count, and so will president. If he thought ahead and took his ballot with him, he can fax it to his local elections department; this requires an additional form waiving his right to a secret ballot, but at least his vote will count. And some counties have sample ballots online that can be printed out so even if he didn't take his ballot, he might still be able to get one. Or someone at home can scan a ballot & email it to him, and he can fax it to the elections department. I'm very surprised that his squadron leaders didn't give him all of this information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    He could have voted before he left. He can vote provisionally at any precinct in the state; only those races where he is eligible to vote will be counted, so his vote for mayor or local rep won't count, but state propositions and statewide positions will count, and so will president. If he thought ahead and took his ballot with him, he can fax it to his local elections department; this requires an additional form waiving his right to a secret ballot, but at least his vote will count. And some counties have sample ballots online that can be printed out so even if he didn't take his ballot, he might still be able to get one. Or someone at home can scan a ballot & email it to him, and he can fax it to the elections department. I'm very surprised that his squadron leaders didn't give him all of this information.
    I didn't actually talk to him, I talked to my mother who talked to him. So it is possible that there was a breakdown in communication some where. I can understand how when just picking up and leaving for an undetermined amount of time with about 24 hours notice it would be easy to forget that you might be gone over election day.

    ~Bonita~

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