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Experts: Team Obama Should Root for Hurricane Sandy to Interrupt Election
US News ^ | Oct 25, 2012 | Jason Koebler

Posted on 10/25/2012 10:40:41 PM PDT by 11th_VA

It's been called "snowicane" and "worse than the perfect storm," and it could knock out power in the mid-Atlantic through Election Day.

Hurricane Sandy hasn't even made it past the Bahamas yet, but Sandy, or any natural disaster around Election Day, could wreak extreme havoc on the election, experts say.

[PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy Threatens Caribbean]

Political scientists have long studied the effects of rain and inclement weather on voter turnout and, not surprisingly, have found many people would rather stay at home than brave the weather. But more extreme storms or natural disasters that affect an entire state or region could turn a mild inconvenience into a huge mess.

That's because there are few federal election procedure laws, Robert Pastor, co-director of the Center for Democracy and Election Management says. Election process is generally left up to state or local governments, who Pastor says are "least capable of handling a statewide or regional disaster."

Most states have contingency plans in case a state of emergency is declared on Election Day. In Virginia, which could be hit hard by Sandy, Governor Bob McDonnell can postpone the election for up to 14 days, leading to all sorts of logistical issues...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: electionday2012; emergency; hurricanesandy; mcdonnell
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I'm telling you folks, the Rats are gonna try this ...
1 posted on 10/25/2012 10:40:51 PM PDT by 11th_VA
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To: 11th_VA

Hey team Obama ? The God of Israel is large and is in charge,, not you.


2 posted on 10/25/2012 10:43:22 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: 11th_VA

I don’t doubt that they could try it.

But don’t most states have early voting? I don’t really care for the practice, but if I thought there might be a significant weather event that could delay voting..I would vote early.


3 posted on 10/25/2012 10:45:05 PM PDT by berdie
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To: 11th_VA

I find it hard to believe that a storm in the Bahamas now would still be around in almost 2 weeks. They are digging up all sorts of possible scenarios that they could win. I saw some more of the “Ohio could hold up election results for weeks” headlines today.
I sincerely hope it’s not so close that any of this nonsense comes into play.


4 posted on 10/25/2012 10:45:33 PM PDT by luv2ski
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To: luv2ski

If the storm causes power outages from Norfolk, to Buffalo, to Boston, there won’t be enough crews to get the power back on in a week. Imagine the looting if power in New York were out for three days ...


5 posted on 10/25/2012 10:49:51 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Keep your laws OFF my Big Gulp !)
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To: 11th_VA

Are utility workers in the NE unionized?


6 posted on 10/25/2012 10:50:12 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: luv2ski

They have it making landfall in 5 days.


7 posted on 10/25/2012 10:50:32 PM PDT by Doofer (Still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.)
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To: 11th_VA

Isn’t the storm suppose to be passing NY and through Maine this Monday, Tuesday or Wed.? How does this effect the election? We don’t even vote early in NY!


8 posted on 10/25/2012 10:52:06 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: luv2ski

And if the power goes out in Philly, New York, or Boston, looting occurs, then the National Guard gets called out. So then the election goes on with Guard troops in the streets. I can see Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on the TV now crying voter suppression ...


9 posted on 10/25/2012 10:53:27 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Keep your laws OFF my Big Gulp !)
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To: 11th_VA

They are full of crap. This storm will chase off to sea after Hatteras. Everybody wants to be a star. That little thing called a trough has all the power. One thing to watch for is cold temps next week.


10 posted on 10/25/2012 10:56:10 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: MacMattico

See post number 5 & 9 ... I’m just sayin ...


11 posted on 10/25/2012 10:57:34 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Keep your laws OFF my Big Gulp !)
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To: 11th_VA

I’m sure McDonnell will not allow this nonsense to happen.

Honestly....I can’t stand when the media pulls stunts like this to inject confusion into the process — it’s a lib thug tactic.

That being said, I have heard before (and this Weather survey) seems to show that Republicans are more likely to vote in bad weather.

Ann Coulter once said Democrats “wait for FEMA to rescue them” :D


12 posted on 10/25/2012 10:59:00 PM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: 11th_VA

Storms do not stop American voters.


13 posted on 10/25/2012 11:00:46 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: CountryClassSF

She wasn’t wrong. I have the original warning for N.O. the night before. It told them to leave. Being the idiot ass the populace was, they stayed. Then they had the gall to blame whitey.

I despise things that leech me.


14 posted on 10/25/2012 11:03:26 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: CountryClassSF
I agree McDonnell won't stand for this, but the RATs historically get judges to keep polls open late. I think they will try and by-pass the Governors, they have nothing to lose. Even if they lose the election they can will say it was illegitimate.
15 posted on 10/25/2012 11:03:37 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Keep your laws OFF my Big Gulp !)
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To: 11th_VA

I’m not worried, I’ll kick in my Blazer into 4WD if necessary. Worse comes to worse, I can walk to the polls by cutting through the woods. My poll is at the elementary school I went to and as a kid, we used to cut through the woods to go back and forth if we missed the bus.


16 posted on 10/25/2012 11:15:24 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: 11th_VA

Bad weather, the Republicans will still go out and vote


17 posted on 10/25/2012 11:18:00 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: American Constitutionalist
The God of Israel is large and is in charge,, not you.

They discount the Man Upstairs and slap Him around without a care in the world.

I can't decide if I want a front row seat or not.

18 posted on 10/25/2012 11:32:54 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: 11th_VA

There isn’t a storm that’ll stop an American patriot from winning the presidency. Conservatives will find any means possible to make it to the polls.


19 posted on 10/25/2012 11:41:00 PM PDT by albie ("Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow." Benjamin Frankli)
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To: berdie

But don’t most states have early voting?
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Some program on FNC Thursday indicated that 30 States have early voting.

Off topic....... Why are the Dems pushing so hard for their people to vote early? What’s the advantage? Is it easier to do fraud if voting early, because there is not as much scrutiny as on election day?


20 posted on 10/25/2012 11:49:53 PM PDT by octex
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To: octex

I didn’t realize that only 30 states have early voting. Thanks for that info.

I have been curious, as well, about the whole “vote early” thing. Even The Won voted today to set an example for his minions.

No doubt it could have something to do with fraudulent intent.


21 posted on 10/26/2012 12:01:16 AM PDT by berdie
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To: MacMattico

They say the storm could stop and hover in one place for 5 days once it reaches land. I still don’t see how it could effect Election Day but the dems should would try to claim it does.


22 posted on 10/26/2012 12:07:10 AM PDT by tsowellfan (KEEP WORKING like we are 10 POINTS DOWN!!!!)
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To: 11th_VA

We had a similar storm in 1993 which was called: The Storm of the Century

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_Storm_of_the_Century

They were calling this one a “snowicane” without an eye.


23 posted on 10/26/2012 12:10:59 AM PDT by tsowellfan (KEEP WORKING like we are 10 POINTS DOWN!!!!)
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To: 11th_VA

Your links don’t work


24 posted on 10/26/2012 12:37:30 AM PDT by Chunga (Ron Paul is a fruitcakey jackass.)
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To: Slyfox

I want a front row seat to watch because I know God has got my back covered.... he is my refuge.


25 posted on 10/26/2012 12:46:58 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: octex

Why are the Dems pushing so hard for their people to vote early?
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I’ve wondered that myself. I’ve also wondered if they are worried that more will come out on Benghazi or some other thing that might change the voters mind.


26 posted on 10/26/2012 12:57:50 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: 11th_VA

I like how the storm is already named, neatly circumventing that Wunderground douchebag’s plan to ‘name’ winter storms. LOL.


27 posted on 10/26/2012 1:00:38 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NE1, NC, FL, VA, OH, CO, IA, NH = 285EV)
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To: 11th_VA
Main Stream Media ? may the good lord curse all that you do... GO TO HELL MAIN STREAM MEDIA !! YOU HAVE BEEN A CANCER TO AMERICA !

28 posted on 10/26/2012 1:06:54 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: tsowellfan

It WON’T delay the vote taking place, it’ll just dampen the Leftist turnout-!!!


29 posted on 10/26/2012 1:12:35 AM PDT by imjimbo (The constitution SHOULD be our "gun permit")
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To: 11th_VA

Monday it was hoping for an electoral college tie so Biden could remain VP. These fools have been attacking straw men with abandon for years and straws are they have left to grasp now that the full weight of the electorate is about to fall on their collective heads in a couple weeks. This has been long in coming and I am going to enjoy every single minute of it. I may even DVR Obama’s concession speech for future entertainment. It will be a pleasure to finally watch him on TV.


30 posted on 10/26/2012 1:12:49 AM PDT by McCloud-Strife ( USA 1776-2008)
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To: tsowellfan

It WON’T delay the vote taking place, it’ll just dampen the Leftist turnout-!!!


31 posted on 10/26/2012 1:13:02 AM PDT by imjimbo (The constitution SHOULD be our "gun permit")
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To: 11th_VA

Here is a link for the story that works-—

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/10/25/experts-team-obama-should-root-for-hurricane-sandy-to-interrupt-election


32 posted on 10/26/2012 1:25:23 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: luv2ski

If Sandy does brush the Northeast it’ll be Sunday into Monday. I’m sure everything will be okay by the following Tuesday on election day.


33 posted on 10/26/2012 1:31:37 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Kirkwood
I would imagine most of them are in unions. I am not sure about it. One thing i am sure of and that is that they continually bail out the non union sector down south when they have major hurricanes come though. All one has to do is look around and see all the out of state trucks in the non union(still in a way slave states) south to see the professional at work. Without these union people helping and in some cases for free the lights might still be off from Katrina (sarc).
34 posted on 10/26/2012 1:32:42 AM PDT by Plumberman27
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To: 11th_VA
I'm not sure the author has thought this through. GOP voters tend to be of the hell-or-high-water type more so than Democrats.
35 posted on 10/26/2012 1:36:50 AM PDT by Redcloak (A founding member of Drunkards for Romney)
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To: Redcloak
GOP voters tend to be of the hell-or-high-water type more so than Democrats.

Oh yeah, it's Team Obama who should be worried by the weather.

Judging by the anger of the comments on various internet sites towards Obama, I'd say those who want him out would be willing to walk through miles of broken glass on their kneecaps just to get rid of the idiot. Snow? That's nothing.

Meanwhile, the Democrat voters would prefer to stay warm at home, smoke their bongs, and watch MTV.

Landslide Romney!!


36 posted on 10/26/2012 2:59:49 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: eyedigress

I recall it was the media mascara wearers like Shep Smith who blamed Bush more than the general populace...I will still never forget some ABC reporter on “Nightline” asking a black woman relocated to Texas if she was upset with the Bush administration. The lib “journalist” was expecting a rant....instead, the lady was quite gracious about Bush and put the blame on city officials!

Only when do the media and hustlers like Sharpton show up do victims of “Whitey” appear.


37 posted on 10/26/2012 3:00:32 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: luv2ski
I find it hard to believe that a storm in the Bahamas now would still be around in almost 2 weeks.

The storm won't still be around. But it's aftereffects could well be.

38 posted on 10/26/2012 3:16:00 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: eyedigress
They are full of crap. This storm will chase off to sea after Hatteras. Everybody wants to be a star. That little thing called a trough has all the power. One thing to watch for is cold temps next week.

Please, don't pull claims out of your arse. The forecast calls for a blocking high up in the Canadian Maritimes that will push the storm into the Mid-Atlantic. This is a potential major, MAJOR storm. People need to take it seriously.

39 posted on 10/26/2012 3:17:54 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: octex

That is exactly my take on things.


40 posted on 10/26/2012 3:25:12 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: snarkytart
If Sandy does brush the Northeast it’ll be Sunday into Monday. I’m sure everything will be okay by the following Tuesday on election day.

Maybe as late as Tues/Wed for it to push on into central PA & wherever, but even then, we can send the best power-restoration crews from OG&E in Oklahoma and other states to help our friends in the NE.
41 posted on 10/26/2012 3:25:19 AM PDT by CaptSkip
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To: 11th_VA

I suspect the folks at the Weather Channel are lusting after a weather disaster to make them seem important again. This hurricane is getting them all excited. I hope it fizzles out for their sake.


42 posted on 10/26/2012 3:41:21 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: All

The latest models have this hitting land in the mid-atlantic by late Monday and hanging around for two-three days. The weather guys around are very reliable so we in VA should expect lots of power outages and the last time, they lasted a few days, longer on the DelMarVa peninsula. It will probably be worse for PA and NH.

I expect shenanigans and pleas to keep the polling places open because poor people can’t get to the booths in time.


43 posted on 10/26/2012 3:50:55 AM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: octex

why early? So they can vote again in closer districts and again on election day.


44 posted on 10/26/2012 3:54:25 AM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: dirtboy

“Please, don’t pull claims out of your arse. The forecast calls for a blocking high up in the Canadian Maritimes that will push the storm into the Mid-Atlantic. This is a potential major, MAJOR storm. People need to take it seriously.”

Exactly, If it hit next week in the mid-Atlantic (NJ,Delaware, PA) as a Category 1 hurricane or a strong tropical storm it can knock electricity out for millions of people for over a week or two weeks, like hurricane Irene did to New England last year. That is between the potential winds, flood, snow and ice. Yes that (timeline) would put you till election day.


45 posted on 10/26/2012 4:04:30 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: octex; berdie; Irenic; newnhdad

Just a thought having read somewhere before about Democrat election stunts, and that is the more Democrats that vote early the quicker, the easier it is for them to determine how many votes they need to manufacture one way or the other to win.


46 posted on 10/26/2012 4:06:19 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: 11th_VA

Aren’t these dumb @ss liberals aware of that new device called a generator?


47 posted on 10/26/2012 4:14:38 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism, in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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The only states that could be affected in terms of the electoral college would be Pennsylvania and Virginia.

If the Philly area were hit hard while the rest of the state was not...

In VA it would depend which area was affected, the DC area or some area in southern VA. So it could go either way.

The storm is well ahead of election day, so I think we are talking only about long term power outages in terms of affecting turnout.


48 posted on 10/26/2012 4:25:14 AM PDT by ChronicMA
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To: 11th_VA

Link: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/10/25/experts-team-obama-should-root-for-hurricane-sandy-to-interrupt-election


49 posted on 10/26/2012 4:25:40 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama in a binder!!!)
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To: octex

Yes. To look for fraud, people here have to be election observers. Hard enough to get volunteers for one day, let alone weeks. I don’t know how it works in other places, but anything Dems are for implies fraud and wrongdoing.


50 posted on 10/26/2012 4:29:14 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama in a binder!!!)
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