New York 2012 Election Results: LIVE Sandy Victims May Vote at Any Polling Station

Hurricane Sandy has disrupted the lives of New Yorkers across the state, but that won't stop New Yorkers from exercising the right to vote in what has been the most expensive presidential race in American history. 

Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order that all voters who have been displaced by the hurricane can vote by affidavit ballot at any polling site across the state. "Just because you're displaced doesn't mean you should be disenfranchised," he declared.

This is undoubtedly an imperfect solution — there are security risks associated with affidavit or provisional voting. Voters sign a document to state that they are registered to vote although their names are not listed on that particular polling station's list of voters. Provisional voting also complicates how votes for the U.S. Congress and New York State Senate and Assembly are counted, because voters fill out ballots printed with candidates who are not from their own districts.

In New York City, the relocation of polling stations might discourage voters from going out of their way to cast their ballot. The city's election board has arranged for shuttle buses to get voters in the hardest-hit areas — the Rockaways, Coney Island and Staten Island — to and from polling stations.

Despite all the setbacks, New York will go to the polls with the rest of the states. In its own twisted way, Hurricane Sandy has demonstrated the need for a President who can calmly handle a crisis and limit its devastation to human lives. New York, its time to vote!

PolicyMic will be covering the 2012 election from the state of New York LIVE. For updates, bookmark and refresh this page.

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Shanoor Seervai

Shanoor Seervai has wanted to be a writer since she was four years old. She is currently based in Mumbai, where she writes about environmental and social issues, the non-profit sector, women's rights and arts and culture for The Wall Street Journal.

MORE FROM

Hundreds rally in Times Square to protest Donald Trump’s transgender military ban

“I’m out here to support my trans brothers and sisters who have been serving our military for years and years and years."

Several Republicans are strongly denouncing Trump’s military transgender ban

“Anybody who wants to serve in the military should serve in the military. I don’t agree with the president.”

Worried Trump might pardon himself? Blame Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton might not have been "thinkin' past tomorrow" when he pushed for broad executive privileges.

Harry Truman desegregated the military 69 years ago. Today, Trump banned transgender troops.

Truman wanted to end discrimination in the military "as rapidly as possible."

Here is a timeline of Donald Trump’s relationship with Jeff Sessions

Trump continued his Twitter attacks on Sessions Wednesday — reportedly while the embattled attorney general was in the White House.

How many transgender people serve in the U.S. military?

There's no exact number, but here's what research shows.

Hundreds rally in Times Square to protest Donald Trump’s transgender military ban

“I’m out here to support my trans brothers and sisters who have been serving our military for years and years and years."

Several Republicans are strongly denouncing Trump’s military transgender ban

“Anybody who wants to serve in the military should serve in the military. I don’t agree with the president.”

Worried Trump might pardon himself? Blame Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton might not have been "thinkin' past tomorrow" when he pushed for broad executive privileges.

Harry Truman desegregated the military 69 years ago. Today, Trump banned transgender troops.

Truman wanted to end discrimination in the military "as rapidly as possible."

Here is a timeline of Donald Trump’s relationship with Jeff Sessions

Trump continued his Twitter attacks on Sessions Wednesday — reportedly while the embattled attorney general was in the White House.

How many transgender people serve in the U.S. military?

There's no exact number, but here's what research shows.