Military Takes Over Election Day in New Jersey…”What could possibly go wrong in this scenario?”
Friday, November 2, 2012
Since New Jersey was hit head on by Hurricane Sandy and more than 1.6 million electric customers remain without power, concerns are growing about how to handle the coming national election only four days away.
Many of the predetermined polling stations are also expected to be without power. Intending to be a solution, the Department of Defense has taken over Election Day in New Jersey by providing military trucks and paper ballots in place of some polling locations.
The Associated Press reported today:
New Jersey will deploy military trucks to serve as polling places on Election Day in storm-battered communities, the state secretary of the state announced Thursday during a visit to this flood-ravaged town. The state is also extending the deadline on mail-in ballots.
Department of Defense trucks will be parked at regular polling places that have lost power, as long as the sites are still accessible. Paper ballots will be used.
Republican Secretary of State and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said voters will find “a DOD truck with a well-situated National Guardsman and a big sign saying, ‘Vote Here.’”
What could possibly go wrong in this scenario?