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Voters in Ventnor tell NBC10's Jesse Gary that not even a Hurricane can keep them away from the polls.
Election Day 2012 is finally here, but for some it's unlike any other election year.
For residents living in storm-ravaged areas, getting to the polls to cast their ballot may not be as simple as past elections, but some of these voters tell NBC10 they wanted to make sure their voice was heard.
"The week has been a tremendous impact, you know, eight days a week, 30 hours a day working, that's what it feels like. But we had to be here," said Christine Boyle, a Ventnor, N.J. resident.
Fewer than 100 polling places in New Jersey are without power, and some needed to move because of the destruction left behind in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Displaced residents and first responders in the state were allowed to start casting their ballots as early as Saturday.
Today, those residents in the worst-hit areas are being allowed to vote by provisional ballot from any polling place in the state.
"I'm amazed at how resilient people are," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said as he cast he ballot. "I think there's tremendous interest in the election here and nationwide,"
In Pennsylvania, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Carol Aichele, is visiting several polling places in our area to ensure everything is running smoothly and to check out how the "soft rollout" of the voter ID law is working.
Aichele reminds voters that they may be asked for a photo ID when they arrive at the polls, but it is not required to vote.
Others tell NBC10 that voting was a breeze. "Not at all, no confusion, they didn’t ask for ID cards. And there was no confusion. "Like I said, it went very well," said Will Carter of Southwest Philadelphia.
If you have a question or concern about something that happened at your polling location, contact us here -- VotingIssues@nbcuni.com.