Hurricanes and Voting Don't Mix, as Tens of Thousands of Voters Struggle to Cast Their Ballot
In the Rockaways, a peninsula of Queens that was among the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, anxiety and confusion swirled around today’s election. Some of the designated polling stations had been flooded or converted into emergency shelters; others were impossibly difficult to get to with the gas shortages and amended bus service. The city scrambled to relocate at least 60 polling stations, even setting up generator-powered tents where Rockaway residents could cast their ballots. Yet, communicating these changes to neighborhoods without electricity and cell phone service (not to mention the lack of heat and often running water) was a daunting task, and the dearth of information about voting ended up becoming yet another frustration about the government’s response to Hurricane Sandy.