Absentee Ballots Diverted Around Storm Damage | News
The Air Force Times by Karen Jowers
In the wake of Sandy’s wrath, and at crunch time before the election, absentee ballots from overseas voters are being diverted from John F. Kennedy International Airport to U.S. Postal Service hubs in Chicago and San Francisco, a Military Postal Service Agency official said.
Officials started diverting the ballots from the postal facility at JFK before the storm hit, said James Clark, chief of the operations division of the Military Postal Service Agency. Any ballots that were there before the storm were sent on their way when the facility reopened on Wednesday, he said.
Because of damage to infrastructure in the surrounding area of the New York facility, the ballots are still being diverted to Chicago and San Francisco, he said.
As of today, overseas military post offices have dispatched 76,788 absentee ballots to local election officials in the U. S., Clark said. That’s far less than the 188,715 dispatched in 2008, the last presidential election, but there are also far fewer troops deployed.
In 2010, 27,827 absentee ballots were dispatched.
It may not be too late to vote by absentee ballot, as some states allow electronic voting. Information about specific states’ requirements, and links to download ballots, are available at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.