Some voting sites moved after Sandy damage

A voting machine sits amongst donated clothing at A voting machine sits amongst donated clothing at the East Meadow Fire Department. (Nov. 4, 2012) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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The vote will go on, but not necessarily in the usual spots.

While most Long Island voters will be able to use their normal polling places Tuesday, storm damage and continued power outages have caused some last-minute changes to a few sites.

Nassau County's Board of Elections has consolidated polling places in hard-hit Long Beach to four sites, and more changes may be in store for election districts in Island Park and Oceanside, Democratic Elections Commissioner William Biamonte said Sunday.

The board had anticipated LIPA restoring power to dozens of polling locations left without power or securing generators for those sites, but Sunday afternoon, with those precincts likely remaining in the dark, Biamonte said the board was mapping out alternate voting locations.

He said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has committed to providing generators, but a revised list of changed precincts would be available Monday.

Suffolk County's Board of Elections announced changes to nine polling stations Saturday, and county officials said Sunday there were no other changes.

"We are doing everything possible to ensure that our elections will move forward as scheduled," Suffolk Board of Elections commissioners Anita S. Katz and Wayne T. Rogers wrote in a joint news statement.

Nassau has 376 polling sites and Suffolk has 342. It would have taken an act of Congress to change Tuesday's presidential election date.

Following the 9/11 attacks, a Congressional Research Service report examined whether presidential elections could be postponed. It determined there is no law that provides express authority to delay an election. To change the date, Congress would have to override an 1845 law making Election Day the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, the 2004 report noted.

Polls will operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in both counties.

Voters with questions about polling places can call 516-571-2411 in Nassau and 631-852-4500 in Suffolk.

 

 

RELOCATED VOTING SITES

 

 

NASSAU COUNTY: LONG BEACH AREA

 

FORMER: West School, Long Beach Housing Authority, Long Beach City Hall, and Lindell School

New: Lindell School, 601 Lindell Blvd., Long Beach

FORMER: Temple Emanuel and East Elementary School

New: East Elementary School, 456 Neptune Blvd., Long Beach

FORMER: Lido Beach Middle School, Point Lookout's "Old Firehouse"

New: Bishop Molloy Recreational Center, 15 Parkside Dr., Point Lookout

FORMER: Atlantic Beach Park, Atlantic Beach Village Hall

New: East Atlantic Beach Park, 99 Troy Ave. Atlantic Beach

 

SUFFOLK COUNTY

*UPDATE:  Belle Terre Village Hall voters will vote at their usual polling place, 55 Cliff Road, Belle Terre

FORMER: Harding Elementary School, 2 Harding Ave., Lindenhurst

New: Edward W. Bower Elem. School, 315 W. Montauk Hwy., Lindenhurst

FORMER: Oak Beach Community Center, 4226 Oak Beach Rd., Oak Beach

New: Paul J. Bellew School, 25 Higbie Lane, West Islip

FORMER: Deer Park Senior High School, 1 Falcon Place, Deer Park

New: John F. Kennedy School, 101 Lake Ave., Deer Park

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FORMER: May Moore Elementary School, 239 Central Ave., Deer Park

New: John F. Kennedy School, 101 Lake Ave., Deer Park

FORMER: Ocean Bay Park Firehouse, Bay Walk, Ocean Bay Park

New: Knights of Columbus, 38 West First St., Patchogue

FORMER: Belle Terre Village Hall, 55 Cliff Road, Belle Terre

New: Port Jefferson Fire Department, 115 Maple Place, Port Jefferson

FORMER: Asharoken Village Hall, 1 Asharoken Ave., Northport

New: Eaton's Neck Firehouse, 55 Eaton's Neck Rd., Eaton's Neck

FORMER: Ocean Beach Boat House, 625 Bayberry Walk, Ocean Beach

New: Bay Shore Middle School, 393 Brook Ave., Bay Shore

FORMER: Parkview Elementary, Roundtree Dr., Smithtown

New: Kings Park High School, 200 Route 25A, Kings Park

FORMER: Forest Brook Elementary School, 299 Lilac Lane, Smithtown

New: Hauppauge Middle School, 600 Townline Rd., Hauppauge

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