Army trucks to be polling booths
New York, November 4, 2012, PTI: 0:07 IST
With states like New York and New Jersey yet to restore power and transport services in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, officials in the disaster-hit areas will use military trucks as makeshift polling stations to enable citizens to cast their votes in the November 6 Presidential polls.
Authorities in the states impacted by Sandy are worried that elections would be the last thing on the minds of millions of residents, who are struggling to get their life back in order after the storm caused unprecedented damage. “The extent of hurricane Sandy’s destruction is impossible to fully describe,” New Jersey’s Secretary of State, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, who is responsible for overseeing the division of Elections, said.
“For many New Jerseyans, the hurricane’s impact may have made Election Day the last thing on their minds, but we want to make voting as easy as possible considering the devastating circumstances,” she said.Guadagno said polling stations in several counties of the state are not functioning as they do not have power or have been severely destroyed by Sandy but provisions have been made to use military trucks as polling stations.