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Sandy Doesn't Stop Voting in Deer Park, N. Babylon

The storm isn't keeping residents from making their voices heard this Election Day.

Hurricane Sandy isn't stopping Deer Park and North Babylon residents from casting their ballots this Election Day.

Deer Park-North Babylon Patch asked its Facebook fans if the storms effects would keep them from voting. Alaina Fasloino commented, "No way. Are we not still Americans?"

Joan Biondolillo Carlino seconded that thought. "Hell no, I'd walk a mile if I had to," she said.

Even with issues of gas shortages and downed trees, residents said travel issues would not keep them from voting this year.

"I would walk or ride my bike. Growing up, I remember my mom always saying that if you didn't vote, you didn't have the right to complain - haven't missed voting in an election since I was first able to - and that includes school and library votes too," said Jennifer Groh.

Since the part of the roof at Deer Park High School was damaged in the storm, those voters in Deer Park will cast their ballots at the John F. Kennedy Intermediate School. However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that if residents could not get to their regular polling location, they would be permitted to vote at any location by signed affidavit.

"It is extremely important that voting take place so that people feel some sense of normalcy - exercising their rights on Election Day. I think it's part of the healing process, especially during a presidential election," said Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, who is also running for reelection.

Facebook fan Cynthia Greene summed up her thoughts perfectly. "I can not and will not ignore my American right to vote," she said.

John Azzara November 06, 2012 at 07:01 PM
John F. Kennedy Intermediate School is NOT the ONLY place for Deer Park residents to VOTE! Deer Park Community Center at 41 Homer Avenue, Deer Park, New York 11729 is another! I did NOT see this information anywhere before I drove all over my town! I normally vote their but I seen all the posts coming out that said JFK was the place to go. Please be aware.

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