2012-11-01 / Front Page

Despite Sandy, Election Officials Prepare for Vote

Eric Gross

The majority of Putnam County's 21 polling places have power and, according to the Board of Elections, those that still don't next Tuesday will be powered by generators.

Putnam's Deputy Elections Commissioner Nancy Quis forecast a smooth election across the county despite the problems caused this week by Hurricane Sandy.

Quis said a memo from the N.Y. State Board of Elections received Thursday indicated an extension for application and submission deadlines for absentee ballots.

The state board has voted to accept mailed or faxed applications for absentee ballots through Nov.2 that has extended the original Oct. 30 deadline. Voters may apply in person at the Board of Elections in Carmel through Monday, Nov. 5.

The board also extended the deadline to submit the ballots in person by six days and while ballots returned by mail must still be postmarked by Nov. 5 they now have until Nov.19 to reach the Carmel office.

The state board also decided for those who can't vote in person, residents may designate another individual to submit their absentee ballot to the local elections office before the polls close next Tuesday.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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