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article imageVideo: Rockaways brave through Sandy for Election Night voting

By Can Tran     Nov 10, 2012 in Politics
As New Jersey and New York got hit, the residents of the severely battered Rockaways braved through the damage to cast their ballots on Election Night.
As Hurricane Sandy battered the Caribbean Islands, its path of destruction was far from over. Meteorologists projected the path of Hurricane Sandy as headed toward any part of the eastern seaboard of the northeast United States. While Hurricane Sandy on its own was concerning enough, it became more of a powerful storm as it converged with the nor'easter. It became “Frankenstorm Sandy.” New York City and New Jersey were dealt a major blow because of Hurricane Sandy's damage. On the last Wednesday before Election Night, President Barack Obama (who won re-election) toured New Jersey with its state's GOP governor Chris Christie in regards to touring the storm damage.
Cities across New Jersey had its own share of problems to deal with. The damage would make it very difficult for voters to come to the polls on Election Day; however, it didn't stop the voters though. This was the case of residents that live in Rockaways from TIME's online website. Post-Sandy cleanup in New Jersey and New York City, especially Rockaway, continues. It's going to take time before residents of Rockaway will be able to access the New York City subway system. Currently, the Army Corps of Engineers is busy with the de-watering the tunnels that got flooded when Hurricane Sandy made landfall. According to the MTA, a good portion of the A Line mainline connection to Rockaway Peninsula has been destroyed.
Currently, many volunteers have mobilized to New Jersey and the boroughs of New York City. That includes runners that were planning to participate in the recently canceled NYC Marathon.
On Election Night, improvisations had to be made as shown in the TIME video. All different poll sites have mobilized under one roof. This is because the original polling areas got damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Regardless of the damage, voters still made it to the polls. That includes poll workers that lost their homes. Regardless of losing their homes, those poll workers still made it the polls to make sure everything went smoothly as best as possible.
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