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But the presidential election just one week away everybody millions of reckless pilot millions of people still don't have -- Yes about the sandy is becoming clear somewhat clear at this hour were still trying to find things out.
Summer talking at this point that maybe we shed delayed.
Election Day Peter Barnes.
-- that side of sandy from Washington and you saw people come out on television right candidate Peter and say we should delegates is even possible.
No not not at this point because federal law sets the date for the election and only congress can change it and I don't think congress is gonna have time to change it between now and next Tuesday.
But the law gives states leeway in setting additional election days for president in cases of emergencies like hurricanes are acts of terrorism.
The law says that if a state fails to look the -- to deliver its electoral votes for president on time quote.
The electors may be appointed on the subsequent day.
In such a manner as the state the legislature of such state may direct.
Now it turns out that seven states have actually passed laws.
That appeared to address this three of them.
Have been hit by hurricane sandy New York Maryland and North Carolina not New York has been hit the hardest and it matters a lot to President Obama.
Who is trouncing Mitt Romney there in the polls it ties Florida for the third most electoral votes 29.
New York state board of elections can establish an additional day for elections.
Within twenty days of November 6 if there's an emergency.
It is already warned voters that polling sites may change because of the storm we've asked the state board.
Whether or not it might be considering changing dates for elections in hard hit areas of the state.
Notice Sheryl so far no response.
-- so I mean obviously we know new York New Jersey now you know major disasters quote unquote are there other states.
We're delaying the -- It possibly could happen on the state.
-- we've been researching this all morning and have not found any so far and frankly I think it's because you know we're still in the throes of the storm and a lot of these governors and state officials -- just trying to figure out how to protect people and their property and and and and their transportation systems economy -- -- so but I don't the debt this issue was raised by the FEMA director in a phone call report is the other day.
The -- that the -- the impact of the storm could linger in the next week and could affect Election Day so we'll be watching it.
People have the right to vote in this country but they if there -- able to vote held back from voting because of a hurricane and that's a very her question ability chasing -- dynamics of this.
Of this entire election Peter Barnes -- story Peter thank you very much.
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