Voting sites moved in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
After the massive storm Sandy left many waterfront communities in turmoil and New Yorkers are still coping and working hard on its recovery, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New Yorkers would be able to vote at any polling place. "We want everyone to vote," Governor Cuomo said. "Just because you are displaced doesn't mean you should be disenfranchised."
Many downtown polling places in New York City were crowded, and many voters patiently lined up and waited for over one hour to vote.
Even though some confusion has been reported regards to poll relocation, downtown New York City poll sites were quite orderly. Valerie, a first-time voter, voted at a relocated poll site at South Street Seaport area. “Poll workers were directing people to here, I didn’t have any problem finding this place,” Valerie said. She was very excited about voting — she recently became US citizen. She chose her candidate based on “women’s issues” and human rights.
Valerie and her family have been displaced from their apartment due to superstorm Sandy. Her apartment has become uninhabitable. When she was asked about how this storm affected her decision, she said, “I like how my candidate handled this crisis.”
Another voter, named Erica, agreed. “My candidate performed better than the other candidate would have.” Erica also said the most important issues to her were social issues energy policy.
“Economy was a big issue for me,” said a Tribeca resident who identified herself as Kelly. Many voters share economy as their important issue for their decision. Some were also focused on human rights issues.
Avery, a 22-year-old voter, expressed that he had two main issues that he focused on when making his decision. “Healthcare is a big issue, looking at the future, considering I don’t have a job that offers me healthcare. I am still under my parent’s,” Avery said. “Gay and women’s rights are also really important.”
This Kid Reporter interviewed retired Tribeca residents Mr. and Mrs. Younger who said they were mostly concerned with the economy. When asked how they felt about asked the long line to vote, Mr. Younger said, “It’s a beautiful day.”
—Kid Reporter Cecilia Gault
Photo: Voters line up to vote at a polling place in Lower Manhattan. (Courtesy Cecilia Gault)