Could hurricane Sandy postpone the Presidential election?

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    I live in The Netherlands and I think that the election might not take place next week because of Sandy. This disaster is too big. Will power be restored at all places for example before next week? What do you think?
     
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    No.
     
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    Most likely scenario is that provisional ballots would be given to those who were unable to vote as a result of the disaster. Those votes would not be counted unless the election were really close.
     
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    Nope... rain, sleet ,snow, or all of the above, our election will happen.
     
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    What make you so sure about that? We'll have to wait a couple of days I think. It is more realistic than ever before.
     
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    Andrew Cohen - Andrew Cohen is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and legal analyst for 60 Minutes. He is also chief analyst and legal editor for CBS Radio News and has won a Murrow Award as one of the nation's leading legal analysts and commentators.

    No matter how bad Hurricane Sandy turns out to be, it could have been a lot worse: It could have struck one week later than it did, swamping the 2012 presidential election in its low-pressure trough. As hard as it will be for officials to recover from the storm in time for next week's vote, and as frustrated as many early voters will be this week amid the flood waters, just imagine how many citizens would have been deprived of their ability to vote if the hurricane had blown through the East Coast on November 5 or 6. No trains. No buses. No roads. No electricity. No polling stations. No poll watchers. No voting for tens of millions of Americans.

    We got lucky, in other words, at least as far as the election is concerned -- an election remarkably void, it must be said, of any meaningful dialogue about the effects of global warming on America's climate. The timing of Hurricane Sandy is indeed a reminder that there are things in this world far more powerful than our presidential campaigns and stump-speech timetables. It's a reminder that also raises an important question many storm watchers might reasonably be asking themselves as the rain and wind pounds down on them. Could America ever delay a presidential election due to a natural event or other catastrophe?

    The short answer is yes. The long answer is, well, long. In 2004, lawyer and Fordham and University of Pennslyvania law professor Jerry H. Goldfeder wrote an influential law review article in the Fordham Urban Law Journal titled "Could Terrorists Derail a Presidential Election?" Goldfeder's rationale and legal reasoning about such a doomsday scenario applies to natural disasters as well. I caught up with him via email on Monday afternoon, as he hunkered down in Manhattan to wait out Hurricane Sandy, to ask him to walk me through how it might all play out.



    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics...dy-postpone-the-presidential-election/264254/
     
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    Ain't gonna happen...
     
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    You think wrong and that is because you don't understand our laws.
     
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    No. The only reason it's seen as "big" is because it's hitting the NE part of the Country. A Category 1 storm is not that tremendous in terms of damage usually.
     
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    This little thing called the Constitution, now shut the fuck up before you make yourself look even more ignorant.
     
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