Skip to comments.Experts: Team Obama Should Root for Hurricane Sandy to Interrupt Election
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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Hey team Obama ? The God of Israel is large and is in charge,, not you.
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.
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.
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 ...
Are utility workers in the NE unionized?
They have it making landfall in 5 days.
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!
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 ...
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.
See post number 5 & 9 ... I’m just sayin ...
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
Storms do not stop American voters.
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.
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.
Bad weather, the Republicans will still go out and vote
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.
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.
But dont most states have early voting?
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?
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.
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.
We had a similar storm in 1993 which was called: The Storm of the Century
They were calling this one a “snowicane” without an eye.
Your links don’t work
I want a front row seat to watch because I know God has got my back covered.... he is my refuge.
Why are the Dems pushing so hard for their people to vote early?
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.
I like how the storm is already named, neatly circumventing that Wunderground douchebag’s plan to ‘name’ winter storms. LOL.
It WON’T delay the vote taking place, it’ll just dampen the Leftist turnout-!!!
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.
It WON’T delay the vote taking place, it’ll just dampen the Leftist turnout-!!!
Here is a link for the story that works-—
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.
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.
The storm won't still be around. But it's aftereffects could well be.
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.
That is exactly my take on things.
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.
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.
why early? So they can vote again in closer districts and again on election day.
“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.
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.
Aren’t these dumb @ss liberals aware of that new device called a generator?
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.
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.