TOMS RIVER, N.J. – Election officials were scrambling Monday to make voting as manageable as possible in both New Jersey and New York today, and they were guardedly optimistic that power would be restored and most polling places would be open in all but the worst-hit areas.
In West Virginia, officials relocated a handful of polling precincts because of continuing power outages from Superstorm Sandy.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Monday allowing residents to cast a so-called affidavit, or provisional ballot, at any polling place in the state for president and statewide office holders.
It was an opportunity New Jersey was extending to voters as well.
Compared to what we have had to deal with in the past week, this will be a walk in the park when it comes to voting, Cuomo said.
Affidavit or provisional ballots are counted after elected officials confirm a voters eligibility.
Authorities were also sensitive to concerns about potential disenfranchisement and were taking steps to ensure voters were kept informed of continued problems or changes to their voting locations.