NY, NJ Will Accommodate Displaced Voters

Voters affected by Hurricane Sandy have one less thing to worry about this Election Day, now that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order allowing New York voters to cast ballots by affidavit at any polling location. New York has joined is neighbor New Jersey in making this accommodation, which will go a long way towards ensuring that every eligible voter will be able to cast their ballots.

This might not have happened if it weren’t for the hard work of Common Cause New York, the Lawyers Committee, the Brennan Center, and the rest of our coalition partners. Even while our New York offices sit without power, Susan Lerner, CCNY’s executive director, was making nonstop phone calls to the Governor’s mansion and the Attorney General right until the executive order came through.

Thanks to everybody for their hard work–this is going to make a huge difference for storm-affected voters. And remember, whether your polling place was hit by Sandy or not, our nationwide hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE is taking calls all day. If you need help finding your polling place, or encounter any irregularities you’d like to report, give us a call and let us know!

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