New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Monday that will allow residents affected by Superstorm Sandy to vote in any polling site in the state.
Registered voters from Rockland, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties, and New York City, which are federally declared disaster areas, may show up to any polling site on Election Day to sign an affidavit and submit a ballot.
You will be allowed to vote in the presidential and U.S. Senate races and for any other candidate and ballot initiative that appears on the official ballot where you are registered. You will not be allowed to vote in local races that aren't for your home district.
"Hurricane Sandy has already disrupted the lives of countless New Yorkers, but we will not let it disrupt anyone seeking to exercise the most fundamental of democratic rights: the right to vote," Cuomo said. "Even in times of great tragedy and suffering, New Yorkers understand that we must continue to do all that we can to maintain the integrity of our system. That is why the State is making every effort to ensure that voters who are displaced from their homes because of the storm will still be able to make their voices heard on Election Day."
Cuomo is asking you to try to vote in your proper district if they can. If you cannot make it to your regular site or the site is shut down, then you can go to any state poll site to fill out an affidavit and ballot.
The federally declared disaster counties are Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester.
A number of polling sites have changed because of damage and power outages or because they are being used as shelters from evacuees.
The cleanup has begun in some parts of Long Island while others continue to deal with flooding from heavy rain fall that began late Tuesday and intensified on Wednesday. Cars remain stranded after rain pounded the area. More than 13 inches of rain fell in Islip. The National Weather Service said the rain was the largest event on record for New York State in a 24-hour period.