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Sandy won’t stop voting even if 8 polling places still without power

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By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

IT’S ON! The remaining eight polling places without power will have backup generators or be relocated.

HARRISBURG — Superstorm Sandy will not prevent any Pennsylvanian from voting on Election Day.

As of Monday morning, only eight polling places were waiting for power to be restored. Of those, five have backup generators and the remaining three expect to have power back or generators installed before Tuesday, said Ron Ruman, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of State.

“The bottom line is people will be able to vote tomorrow,” Ruman said.

The eight darkened polling stations were scattered across Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton and Monroe counties, he said.

Election officials encouraged voters to check their county and municipal websites for information about polling places, including where it may have been necessary to relocate them.

In Bucks County, the Board of Elections plans to hold an emergency meeting Monday afternoon to discuss contingency plans for the four polling places still without power, which could require some of them to be relocated, said Juliet Kelchner, the county’s deputy public information officer.

“We are working diligently with the power companies to get everything restored before Tuesday,” Kelchner said.

Outages in the county were centered near Warminster, she said.

Following the storm last week, Gov. Tom Corbett ordered polling places to be given priority for power restorations behind hospitals, nursing homes and other emergency facilities.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, utility companies reported about 28,740 customers in Pennsylvania were still waiting for power, according to the state Public Utility Commission. Sandy knocked out power for 1.3 million Pennsylvanians.

Contact Eric Boehm at Eric@PAIndependent.com and follow him on Twitter @PAIndependent for breaking news.

 

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Eric is the national regulatory reporter for Watchdog.org. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Reason Magazine, National Review Online, The Freeman Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Examiner and Fox News. He was once featured in a BuzzFeed list-icle. Follow him on Twitter @EricBoehm87.