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Connecticut Election Officials Assessing Situation Ahead Of Tuesday’s Vote

Sandy flooding in Connecticut (credit: Governor's Office)

Sandy flooding in Connecticut (credit: Governor’s Office)

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GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - On Tuesday, November 6, American citizens will pick their president, but how and where many will do that is in question following superstorm Sandy.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

Connecticut state officials from Gov. Dan Malloy on down are denying rumors that the election has been cancelled.

About 50 polling locations in Connecticut lack power and more than a dozen are so badly damaged that there is no way voting can take place there.

In Greenwich, Republican Registrar of Voters Fred DeCaro said there are blocked driveways and roads.

“Accessibility is still an issue for people to get out from their house,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane.

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill was reluctant to move too many voting locations.

“Really, people get so confused and they’re already under all this stress. So, that, I think would help to depress turnout, I’m afraid,” she said.

Merrill said there is no provision for absentee ballots.

“There are technically in the jurisdiction. They’re not gone,” she said.

Any change requires a Constitutional amendment and she’s working on that.