Executive order allows displaced New Yorkers to vote anywhere in state

by Alexi Gusso

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to allow those displaced by superstorm Sandy to cast affidavit ballots outside their voting district, according to the New York Times.

The order will allow voters in New York counties that have been declared disaster areas to vote at any polling site in the state.

Cuomo said that displaced voters will be able to vote in national races for president and the United States Senate.

Due to the fact that affidavit ballots are specific to districts in which they’re distributed, displaced voters will not be able to vote for candidates in local, legislative and United States House races.

Officials estimated that about 143,000 people affected by Sandy in New York City would not be able to vote at their designated polling places, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“Just because you’re displaced doesn’t mean you should be disenfranchised,” Cuomo said in a news briefing on Monday. “Compared with what we have had to deal with the past week, this will be a walk in the park, going out and voting.”