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Fri Nov 2, 2012, 09:25 AM

500,000 customers still without power in Pa. - how will it affect the election????

As of Thurs afternoon, 510,000 customers were still without power in Pa. Many traffic signals are still out. Many schools are closed because they don't have power.

It is very hard to believe that all of the polling places will have power by Tuesday morning, or that there will be time to inform voters if their polling places are moved. It is even hard to reach poll workers to tell them their voting place is being moved, because many are older persons who haven't provided cell numbers, and they are staying in hotels or with relatives while their power is out.

Corbett said he is "watching" the problem. His office noted that voting machines can operate by batteries for 6 hours. The polls are open for 13 hours.
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http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/elections/index.ssf/2012/11/election_officials_scramble_to.html#incart_river

In Northampton County, PA, the County elections office still has no power and was closed for several days. Fortunately, the National Guard brought in a generator so they could then work with floodlights.

"As of Wednesday night, 100 of 151 polling places in Northampton County lacked power ... efforts to contact local poll officials have been hit or miss, she said."

"In Lehigh County, Tim Benyo, the chief clerk of voter registration and elections, said he is compiling a list of polling places without electricity to ask the state for help expediting restoration or generators.

He estimated 60 percent of polling places were without power Thursday. He said he's hopeful no stations will have to be moved, and the county has some generators to power stations that are down, he said."

Note - Lehigh and Northampton Counties together include 550,000 people and trend Democratic in Presidential elections. Similar situations are in place in many other southeastern PA. counties that also trend Democratic.






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Reply 500,000 customers still without power in Pa. - how will it affect the election???? (Original post)
JPZenger Nov 2012 OP
patricia92243 Nov 2012 #1
yodermon Nov 2012 #2
MadrasT Nov 2012 #3
durablend Nov 2012 #4
PADemD Nov 2012 #5
meow2u3 Nov 2012 #7
JPZenger Nov 2012 #6

Response to JPZenger (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 09:28 AM

1. Before the storm, it was announced that it could be as much as 10 days in lots of places. n/t

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Response to JPZenger (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 09:53 AM

2. shit, this is why Rmoney and superPacs have been *hammering* PA with ads recently

per TPM
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/11/full_barrage_in_pa.php

A half-dozen GOP ads during Jeopardy tonight, here in Harrisburg, PA. Crossroads, Americans for Prosperity, new warm ní fuzzy Romney ad, not sure about the others, but it was like getting beat down to the ground and, just as youíre getting up, boom, another punch. They were all good ads and, one after another, kind of overwhelming. They must think they can move the needle in PA. Can they? Disturbing thought for me.


way to exploit a tragedy Mitt

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Response to JPZenger (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 11:29 AM

3. Oh dear.

Lehigh and Northampton are D strongholds.

Tons of power still out in Philly 'burbs, too, especially bad in Bucks and Montgomery and they are blue, too.

This is bad.

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Response to JPZenger (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 03:39 PM

4. This could be trouble, folks

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/11/pennsylvania_has_250-300_polli.html#incart_river_default

He said officials are concerned that releasing a list might mislead voters. "There is concern this list is so fluid, and some places have generators (we don't know all of those by any means) that it may not even be completely accurate," Ruman said.


Uh huh...or might actually encourage people (esp. Democrats) to...you know...go to the correct place to vote.

Surprising they're not suggesting Democrats should vote on November 7th to help 'alleviate' the 'expected stress' on the system.

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Response to JPZenger (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 11:51 PM

5. I live in Northampton County

The pharmacy a mile from my house just got electricity today. The local polling place is about a quarter mile further away. Hopefully it has electricity, too.

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Response to PADemD (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 03:57 PM

7. I live in Northampton County, too

Fortunately, all the power in my town was restored. My polling place is about 1/4 mile away from my house, so I don't think I'll have a problem.

BTW, where in Northampton County are you? I'm in the Slate Belt.

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Response to JPZenger (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 11:27 AM

6. Fortunately, the power companies kept their promise - most people have power in Pa

NJ is still very very bad for power outages, but almost all of Pa has power, except for individual blocks with particular problems.

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