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Hurricane Sandy Election Changes

Note: States and counties are still making changes to Election Day information. Please check back frequently, and if you encounter any problems voting call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Connecticut - Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST
The in-person voter registration deadline has been extended from October 30 at 8:00pm to November 1 at 8:00pm. Polling locations without power may be moved, but the status of these polling locations will not be decided until November 5. Theoretically, power is not needed at polling locations because Connecticut uses optical scan voting machines that are run by batteries. Changes are expected for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th.

Delaware - Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST
Delaware does not offer early in-person voting or absentee voting without a valid excuse. The state’s registration deadline passed on October 13, 2012. No changes to voting in Delaware have been announced.

District of Columbia - Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST
Due to Hurricane Sandy, Early Voting was suspended for Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th. Early voting resumed October 31st with extended hours - closing at 9pm instead of 7pm as previously scheduled. Early voting began October 29th and concludes November 3rd.

Maryland - Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST
Early voting hours have been extended so that all early voting centers will be open between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, Thursday, November 1, 2012, and Friday, November 2, 2012. The deadline for submitting a request for an absentee ballot was extended to October 31st. Generators are being moved in to run polling sites without electricity. Election officials expect all polling sites to open on Election Day as scheduled. (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-11-01/news/bs-md-early-vote-thursday-20121101_1_poll-workers-deputy-state-elections-administrator-provisional-ballot).

Massachusetts - Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST
Massachusetts does not offer early voting, and only offers absentee ballots to voters with qualifying excuses. There are no changes due to Hurricane Sandy.

New Jersey - Updated Nov 3, 2012 at 6:30PM EST

NJ Governor Christie ordered all county clerks to open their offices for early voting on 11/3 and 11/4: http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2012/nov/03/njs-christie-opens-offices-for-early-voting-paper-ballots-ready/

New Jersey polling places are being relocated, and voting hours extended,  on a county by county basis. This is a partial list of changes, but please check back for updates. There will be additional changes announced before Election Day. If you have any trouble voting, please call 866-Our-Vote.

The application deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot in New Jersey was extended to those received by close of business on November 2. County Clerks and Election Offices are required to remain open from Friday November 2 through Monday November 5, at a minimum from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voters may go to their County Clerk’s office to fill out and turn in absentee ballots on Election Day. Polling places that have power will open as planned, but alternate plans are being coordinated for those locations without power. Some polling places are being consolidated or set up in temporary shelters, and military vehicles are being outfitted to serve as temporary polling places. Voters can text 877877 to find out the location of their polling place. Polling locations on Election Day will be open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Changes are expected for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th

New York - Updated Nov 3, 2012 at 3:40PM EST
Absentee ballots can be requested online and over the phone until Friday, November 2nd. Absentee ballots may be obtained in person until November 5th. All absentee ballots must be postmarked or submitted in person by Monday, November 5th. The state is allowing 13 days instead of 7 days from November 5th for ballots to be received. Board of Elections offices in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, are open between 10AM and 9PM. The Manhattan and Staten Island offices are closed, but Manhattan’s office has been relocated to the Manhattan Voting Machine Facility. Polling places may have to be relocated in certain areas, but efforts are being made to keep them as close to their original location as possible. Power is not needed at polling locations because New York uses optical scan voting machines that are run by batteries. Changes are expected for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th. Updates, as well as the addresses of current Board of Elections offices, can be checked at vote.nyc.ny.us.

List of Polling Site Changes in NYC due to Sandy


Please be advised that NYC has implemented early voting over the weekend. The hours of operation are Saturday 11/3 from 9am-9pm and Sunday 11/4 from 9am-5pm. Please bring your state issued photo identification. The contact information for each borough's board of elections is below.

1780 Grand Concourse, 5 Fl
Bronx, NY 10457
Tel: 1.718.299.9017
Fax: 1. 718.299.2140
Hours of Operation - 9AM - 9PM

345 Adams Street, 4 Fl
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 1.718.797.8800
Fax: 1.718.248.5958
Hours of Operation - 9AM - 9PM

126-06 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Tel: 1.718.730.6730
Fax: 1.718.459.3384
Hours of Operation - 9AM - 9PM

Manhattan borough office is closed. Operations temporarily relocated to:
450 West 33rd Street, 10Flr
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 1. 212.465.0503
Fax: 1. 212.465.2135
Hours of Operation - 9AM - 8PM

Staten Island
1 Edgewater Plaza, 4 Fl
Staten Island, NY 10305
Tel: 1.718.876.0079
Fax: 1.718.876.0912
Hours of Operation - 9AM - 6PM


North Carolina - Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST
On Monday, Oct 29th early voting sites were closed in Currituck County. Dare County was closed on both October 29th and October 30th. Ocracoke Island in Hyde County closed on October 26th, and won’t open until ferry service returns. Early voting sites in Pamlico County closed an hour early on October 27th and were closed entirely on October 28th.

Ohio - Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST
Ohio allows in-person early-voting and no-excuse vote by mail. Early Voting runs from October 2nd-November 5th. There was no change in voting due to the storm.

Pennsylvania - Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST
The deadline for voters to request absentee ballots (5:00 pm Tuesday, October 30th) will be extended by one day for each day that a county's offices were closed. The deadline for county election offices to receive completed absentee ballots to be extended until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, on a county-by-county basis. Allegheny Co., PA has extended the deadline to accept completed absentee ballots to 8pm on Election Day.

Rhode Island - Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST
Rhode Island does not offer in-person early voting or absentee voting without a qualifying excuse. No changes have been made due to Hurricane Sandy.

Tennessee - Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST
Tennessee allows early voting from October 17th through November 1st. No changes have been announced because of Hurricane Sandy.

Virginia - Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST
Virginia suspended in-person absentee voting (excuse required) on October 29th. As of October 30, all but nine counties have reopened their early voting. For information about specific counties, please visit: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/EmergencyClosings.html

West Virginia - Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST
West Virginia allows in-person early voting but does not allow absentee voting without a valid excuse.  Early Voting hours are set by county and runs from October 24th-November 3rd. There were no statewide changes due to the storm.