- Cullman, Alabama

November 2, 2012

Not even a storm

The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — The storm-stuck Northeast is beginning to feel the frustration of life without power, water, heat and other conveniences tied to modern know-how.

Reports of tempers flaring in New York were plentiful as traffic backed up and others looked for available buses to get to work and markets. With the subway system crippled and damages in the billions of dollars, normalcy for New York and many parts of New Jersey and other areas will remain elusive for quite some time.

Coming on the heels of Superstorm Sandy’s wrath is the Nov. 6 presidential election. Many are wondering how they will be able to vote in the face of such a disaster.

While natural disasters are predictable, perhaps Sandy will give more credit to the idea of early voting.

Election officials in New York and New Jersey will face tremendous challenges in providing reliable stations for residents to vote on Tuesday. Some observers are wondering if a close presidential race will bring a round of lawsuits from the loser next week because of the storm’s impact.

In politics, anything is possible.

Whether the storm-impacted states will have any bearing on the outcome of the presidential election is a matter of speculation. Or, perhaps, it will become a matter of opportunity for the loser.

The timing of a natural disaster is never convenient, and something in life is always set out of place by such events. But even Sandy’s terrible power is no reason to delay an election or make special provisions.

Officials are pledging to make voting opportunities available on Tuesday. Americans don’t particularly vote in record numbers anymore, but those who care about this particular right will find a way to the polls.

Americans have been through many trials and tribulations, including disasters and world wars, without altering elections. There’s no need to change anything today.