Has it occurred to you that Hurricane Sandy may have an impact on the 2012 election? It's unfortunate to have a weather event added to the mix, but there is only one week between Sandy landfall and the election.
Complicating the equation is the slow-moving expected profile of Sandy. Landfall is one thing, but then the sucker is supposed to just SIT over half the east coast, Virginia to New York, for like two days. So take that magic number seven days and right off, you have to knock off two days. Okay, now you have 5 days to re-build the power lines and the phone lines over hundreds of miles of heavily populated cities and suburbs. Sorry, 5 days is inadequate for that job, based on recent track records of power companies following hurricanes or even that weird June 2012 "Derecho" event of a massive outbreak of mere thunderstorms. Bet you forgot about that one? How soon you forget......
So we are facing a potential election day mess of titanic proportions. Unfortunately for Dems, the mess might hurt them more than it will hurt Republicans. Why? Because Dem success is more dependent on winning the "ground game." The ground game is the process of canvassing, phone banking, and driving people to the polls. Hey, if there is a tree lying across the road and all the phone lines are down, it becomes rather difficult to call your potential voters and drive them to their precinct, know what I mean? Sure the tree in the road hurts Republican voters too, but the phone lines really matter to the Dems.
Solution? Well there is no solution. Early voting looks better and better with something like this looming. I might just drive to the Registrar's office tomorrow morning. But the high winds are already going to be here tomorrow morning, and few working people have the luxury of my Monday late shift which gives me an hour or two to stand in line.
I am starting to think we should have voting three day weekend, instead of just Tuesday election day. it's always a pain to actually vote on election day, at least in a Presidential year, because turnout is usually extremely heavy, and if you work there is NO WAY to avoid a long line. Well, 6 a.m. Might give you a break from standing in line, but why should that be needed.