LONG BEACH (WPIX) -- Storm-weary survivors of Sandy went to the polls in blacked-out and severely damaged Long Beach, Long Island Tuesday, determined to cast their votes for the next President of the United States.
Emergency generators powered the electronic scanning machines that recorded their votes.
"People are coming back just to vote," said Nancy Wilson, coordinator for the Nassau County Board of Elections--who was working at East Elementary School on Neptune Boulevard. "They're coming from the city, from New Jersey, from all over the place," Wilson said, referring to the thousands of Long Beach residents who evacuated before-or after-the storm.
About 20,000 of Long Beach's 35,000 year-round residents remained on the barrier island after Sandy, and on Tuesday, they were still piling their water-logged furniture and rugs at the curb, even as they made time to do their civic duty.
Nassau County Democratic Elections Commissioner, William Biamonte, was monitoring 345 polling sites from his office in Mineola. He told us there was a 45 minute evacuation of voters at Lindell Elementary School in Long Beach Tuesday morning, after someone reported smelling smoke.
At another polling site on the North Shore of Long Island--in Kings Point--the emergency generator failed.
Biamonte told PIX a number of sites in Nassau were having troubles with paper jams in the electronic scanners.
In the last presidential election of 2012, about 70 percent of registered Nassau County voters went to the polls....667,000 people. It remained to be seen what impact storm damage and power outages would have on voter turn-out in 2012.
If displaced voters cast their ballot outside their home district, they were generally allowed to only vote for President and U.S. Senator.
The polls close at 9 pm in New York.
Storm-Weary Long Beach Residents Trudge Through Darkness To Polls
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