WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Hurricane Sandy could produce election chaos

We already have the prospect of a razor-thin national election with disputed results.

(Palm Beach County, Florida, already has a mess with misprinted absentee ballots, forcing a conversion of ballots which could be challenged in court.)

Now, Hurricane Sandy could wreak havoc on the process if protracted blackouts disrupt electronic voting machines and/or the damage leaves voters unable to get to their polling places. In some jurisdictions, paper ballots could replace electronic ballots.

In some states, Election Day could be postponed. Talk about court battles.

(I hope to talk to Delaware's Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove about Delaware's back-up plans...)

Check out this story from U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT...


Posted at 11:00am on October 26, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Fri, Oct 26, 2012 9:42pm
I don't think it will veer towards the coast. I know models are predicting that, perhaps they know more than me, but I'm betting we see very little of it here.

Sat, Oct 27, 2012 3:17am
I tend to share Kavips' optimism here. In any event, I doubt that it will swing the election either way.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Oct 27, 2012 2:21pm
Well, a year or two ago, the DC/Alexandria/Baltimore area got hit pretty hard with one of these storms and lost power (some parts for over a week as I recall). So take this gigantic storm reaching from DC to Maine and what IF that entire area lost power. How long would it take to get that restored? The election is November 6th. Is it possible that if that large of an area is without power (interestingly all blue states) would all be restored to power in time for the election? IF not, would the election be delayed to insure all got to vote? IF not, paper ballots and the problems that brings. Is God favoring Romney by having this hurricane/nor'easter/frankenstorm hit the east coast megalopolis right before the election? Did some genus scientist, who works in the military research and development (who happens to be a ultra rightwinger) come up with something that could cause such a frankenstorm?

Some writer's now got some great storylines for an interesting novel.

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