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Suffolk Elections Board: The Vote Will Go On

Officials working with LIPA to make sure polling places have power, will hook up generators at ones that don't.

While darkened schools, libraries and senior centers have folks wondering what Election Day will be like, Suffolk County's Board Elections on Thursday said the polls will have power one way or the other.

Jesse Garcia, an official with the Suffolk County Board of Elections and chairman of the Brookhaven Republicans, said he fully expects all 342 polling centers in the county to be up and running.

"We have been in contact with LIPA and the state board or elections to make sure school and polling places are a powering priority," Garcia said, adding they have already secured 200 generators to help power polling places and have reached out to fire departments across the county to secure more.

The possibility of paper ballots isn't off the table, Garcia said, but that decision hasn't been made yet.

As for damaged polling places, Garcia said the BOE has sent spotters to asses every one to see that they are fit for Election Day.

The one question mark is Fire Island, which has been closed off since Hurricane Sandy lashed the barrier island on Monday. BOE officials are expected to assess polling places there on Friday.

"We just want to make sure the public has a very simple, easy way to participate in the election," Garcia said.

Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer also told Patch on Thursday to expect a smooth Election Day, and confirmed that the BOE will be setting up generators in stricken polling places.

"It is extremely important that voting take place so that people feel some sense of normalcy - exercising their rights on Election Day. I think it's part of the healing process, especially during a presidential election."

MrsE November 03, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Can Patch get some updates on actual locations that will be open?
MelissaW November 05, 2012 at 03:27 PM
If Bayview School still has no power-- is there a new polling center for West Islip Residents?
Kaitlyn Piccoli November 05, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Melissa- As far as we know, no West Islip polling places have been impacted or changed. Many places that are without power will have generators tomorrow. We'll reach out to the board of elections to confirm.
Jeff November 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
My elderly parents from Huntington are staying with us near Boston MA as they have no power in Cold Spring Hills. They are politically engaged and would like to vote but won't have the chance due to their Sandy storm dislocation and no provision for voters stranded outside of their districts. This doesn't make sense.
Kathy November 05, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Kat My sister and brother-in-law are in Fl. and have not returned because they have no electric at their Huntington home. How do they vote?? They are very upset.


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