BEDFORD, N.Y.— Voter turnout in Bedford has been high so far this Election Day, according to Bedford Town Clerk Boo Fumagalli.
“It's been like this all morning," said Fumagalli, surveying the bustling town chambers Tuesday as she manned her post at the Bedford Town House.
As town clerk, Fumagalli is Bedford’s designated top election official, so by 11 a.m. she already had visited each of Bedford’s nine polling places and, she said, seen the same busy scene at each.
Fumagalli said she wished such good turnout was a common sight during non-presidential election years. “I wish it was like this for local elections,” she said.
Election officials said power outages and other major inconveniences resulting from Hurricane Sandy have not visibly affected voter turnout.
A handful of voters from other New York counties affected by the disaster joined Bedford’s registered voters at the polls Tuesday, a result of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order issued Monday for the temporary suspension of election law provisions.
The order allows residents registered to vote in a federally declared disaster county, such as Westchester, or in New York City, to vote on an affidavit ballot at any polling location in New York regardless of where they are registered.
“New Yorkers who are victims of Hurricane Sandy should not lose their right to vote,” the order reads. “It is incumbent on the state not to let this devastation undermine our democracy.”
Fumagalli said a few people from these other disaster areas had called ahead and she expected to have more of them as the day progressed.
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