From the Daily News:
With Election Day less than 72 hours away, the hardest-hit states were scrambling on Friday to put together alternative arrangements for polling sites that were destroyed, lost power or rendered otherwise inaccessible after Hurricane Sandy.
Voting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6, as scheduled, but scores of polling stations will likely be moved or operating off generators, election officials said. In New Jersey, paper ballots will be used and military trucks will serve as polling sites in some areas. New Yorkers are dealing with a “fluid” situation, said John Conklin, spokesman for the New York State Board of Elections.
“We are doing an assessment of power, safety, and the ability to get voting machines in and out of the facilities,” Conklin told the Daily News on Friday. “We will decide if and when to move a polling station once that is done,” he said.
In areas of Staten Island and Queens, flooding was so severe that some sites might not be accessible. The Staten Island Board of Elections office had to close. So too did the Manhattan office, which is now sharing space at the Borough's Voting Machine Facility.
There’s no set timeline as to when a polling station will be moved ahead of Tuesday, Conklin said. He stressed conditions are “constantly changing. It’s a fluid situation.”
A lower voter turnout in New York and New Jersey was unlikely to impact the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney because “they are both blue states,” he said.
But local and state elections could be swayed.
80 polling places need to be relocated.