Sandy-Damaged States Creatively Prepare for Election Day Polling Trouble

By Mark Micheli

November 5, 2012

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, focus centered on the human impact of the storm—the millions without power, the estimated $50 billion in damage and the more than 110 lives lost. The election, rightly so, took a back seat. Asked by a Fox News reporter the day after the storm about whether Mitt Romney would come tour the storm damage, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made his priorities clear: “If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me.”

But as residents of hard hit states like New York and New Jersey set about putting their lives back together in the storm’s aftermath, political observers noted—distasteful as it was so soon after—that Hurricane Sandy may have been boosting President Obama’s reelection hopes.

Bipartisan cooperation in the storm’s aftermath, highlighted by Obama and Christie working together to ensure an effective federal response, earned the President high praise. According to Pew, 67 percent of registered voters approved of Obama’s Hurricane response, with just 15 percent disapproving. National polls taken after the storm show Obama with a measurable, though very slight, lead over Romney heading into Tuesday’s election. 

Come hell or high water, the election is happening. And with one day to go, even the most devastated states feel ready. Below is a look at how the affected states, some with the help of the federal government, are working to enable voter turnout.


New Jersey

Under Governor Chris Christie, the state of New Jersey has taken some of the most sweeping—and creative—steps in making voting easier for displaced residents:

New York

West Virginia

What are other unique ways are states adjusting to the storm damage? Share in the comments.

By Mark Micheli

November 5, 2012