Storm-wracked states prepare for election Tuesday

By Beth Fouhy

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Nov. 1 2012 3:40 p.m. MDT

As temperatures begin to drop, people wait in line to fill containers with gas at a Shell gasoline filling station Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Keyport, N.J. Many homes in the region are using generators after Monday's storm surge from superstorm Sandy knocked out power. In parts of New York and New Jersey, drivers lined up Thursday for hours at gas stations that were struggling to stay supplied. The power outages and flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy have forced many gas stations to close and disrupted the flow of fuel from refineries to those stations that are open.

Mel Evans, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Election officials were ordering generators, moving voting locations and figuring out how to transport poll workers displaced from coastal areas as Tuesday's presidential election became the latest challenge for states whacked by Superstorm Sandy.

The storm devastated communities up and down the East Coast. It had already disrupted early voting in parts of Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey and North Carolina. With just days to go, officials in those states were scrambling to ensure orderly and fair balloting in affected places.

The contest between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney likely won't be affected by voting problems caused by the storm. The states crippled most by Sandy — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — are largely Democratic and considered safely in Obama's camp.

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