NBC10, Jesse Gary
State officials wanted to make casting ballots easier for those impacted by Sandy, some voters say the process has led to more confusion.
Registered voters in Atlantic County who know their polling place is demolished or without power should make plans tonight if they plan to vote on Election Day. Three temporary polls have been set up in Atlantic City, Margate, and Ventnor. You must provide your own transportation.
NBC10 spoke with displaced voter Anna August. August, a college student from North Jersey, says she came to the Atlantic County clerk's office to vote. She was evacuated prior to Hurricane Sandy.
"I left my absentee ballot at school," said August. "I didn't expect to be here this long. But I know I have to redo it so I can vote."
John Piatt, a clerk in Atlantic County, tells NBC10 as many as 200 registered voters a day are applying to vote online. Piatt walked NBC10 through the process on the Atlantic County clerk's website.
"You're going to go to military and overseas voters and click on that," said Piatt. "That's going to give them instructions for how to vote by email. One link is for the application which would have to be printed, signed, scanned and then emailed back to the second link."
Piatt also says you have to either email or fax the ballot to the board of elections before the polls close on Tuesday at 8 p.m. But Piatt also admits he anticipates some problems.
"It's conceivable that the next step, which is tabulating the results, which our office does, may be difficult. There are people who are voting in Atlantic County by provisional ballot that may be from Bergen County. Those things will all have to be sorted out before the election can actually be certified."
Monday afternoon, the State Department of Pennsylvania announced that all Pennsylvania voters will be able to cast ballots as usual tomorrow and that power is now restored to almost all polling locations. They stated the following in a press release:
As of mid-afternoon Monday, five polling locations remained without power. Emergency generators were on site at each of these five locations in the event electricity is not restored by Tuesday’s election.
Bucks County election officials are moving one polling site, from Riegelsville Borough Hall to Riegelsville Fire Hall, 333 Delaware Ave., Riegelsville, due to a damaged pole and dangling wires at the borough hall site.
“Governor Corbett directed last week that the Department of State work cooperatively with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, county emergency management officials, and county election offices, to identify the locations of all polling places in Pennsylvania,” said Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele, whose department oversees elections. “Working cooperatively, we provided this list to utilities, which, at the governor’s request, prioritized returning power to polling stations.”
Aichele commended the governor for his leadership in the effort, and thanked all the emergency responders and utility crews who worked long hours to make sure Pennsylvanians could exercise their right to vote.
“We all owe a debt of gratitude to these men and women, many of whom spent days away from their families, to make sure our election will take place without disruption,” Aichele said.
Polls are open in Pennsylvania from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, visit the vote pa website.
Important Information for Registered Voters: