Extra day of voting in New York thanks to Sandy?
Sat, 03 Nov 2012 14:48:43 GMT —
New York state law allows for an extra day of voting if turnout is drastically suppressed because of a natural disaster like Superstorm Sandy. That could potentially postpone state, congressional and even presidential election results beyond Tuesday's Election Day.
State Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin confirms the law permits election commissioners to create a second day of voting if the turnout in any county is less than 25 percent of the total number of registered voters.
The commissioners, two Democrats and two Republicans, would make that decision after Election Day. Any second day would have to be scheduled within 20 days.
It's never happened before.
Officials are checking polling sites now to make sure they can open Tuesday.
Typical turnout is about 60 percent in most areas.