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Officials taking measures to ensure votes are counted in SELA after Zeta

Posted at 9:06 PM, Oct 30, 2020

In the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta, about 260,000 customers remain without power.

Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Bernard Parishes are the hardest hit.

In New Orleans, 54 out of 120 polling locations are without power. Those sites have become priorities to get power restored before Election Day next week.

The governor said Thursday that he’s consulting with Republican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin to see whether some polling sites might have to be changed ahead of Tuesday’s election. The challenge, he said, is making the decision quickly and getting the word out to voters early enough. Edwards said the changes have to be recommended by Ardoin and agreed to by the governor and legislators, reported the Associated Press.

In Chalmette, voters are concerned that the outages will cause their early votes to not be recorded.

Officials say not to worry. Extensive hurricane preparation procedures are in place, they say, and all absentee ballots are stored in secure containers regardless of storms.

Voting machines are also covered and are moved away from outer doors ahead of a storm.

97% of residents in St. Bernard Parish remained without power Friday night.

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