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Check websites before going out to vote for changes in your polling station, advises Douglas Kellner, a seasoned attorney and member of the state Board of Elections.
The Nassau board, he said, has been very conservative in the sense of not announcing contingency sites due to power outages until absolutely necessary. They dont want to be moving a polling site because theres no power, and then have the power go on, and move it back again. Theyre asking people to be patient and just wait.
Suffolk officials, he said, has been able to organize enough emergency resources that the county just made their plan and are sticking to it.
Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat, said he isnt anticipating that ballot counts after the polls close Tuesday will be significantly affected by the storm. But asking about the speed of announcing results is a relative term.
In Nassau County, I would anticipate that theyll have pretty good returns around midnight or 1 a.m. In New York City I think its later, even without the storm, with good returns perhaps at 4 a.m. Wednesday, he said, owing to different procedures in the five boroughs and anticipation of very high turnout for a presidential contest.
Will there be challenges after the fact due to any of the emergency arrangements?
So far everyones been working pretty much together on a nonpartisan basis in trying to work out the issues with polling sites. I do not mean to say after everything is said and done that there wont be people making arguments if a race is very close. Right now there does not seem to be an issue.
"To the extent that Republicans and Democrats in various boards of elections are working together, that tends to lock people into positions that all decisions made beforehand are usually honored after the election.
In addition, the state Republican Committee put out this advisory:
Today is the last day to vote by absentee ballot!
If you have already received your absentee ballot but have not yet returned it, please fill it out immediately and have it postmarked by today, Monday November 5th!
If you have not yet applied for an absentee ballot, you may obtain one in person at your county Board of Elections today, Monday November 5th.
For more information, please visit the State Board of Elections website: www.elections.ny.gov