Q&A: Could Sandy Postpone the Election?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Could superstorm Sandy postpone the presidential election?

The question has come up now because it could take days to fully restore power across the East Coast -- and the election is just a week away.

Congress sets the date for the presidential election and could change it, but that's unlikely. Congress would have to come back from recess and pass a law. Plus, it would wreak havoc on state and local elections scheduled for the same day.

It's more likely that states will extend voting hours or relocate polling places that are damaged or without power.

Elections have been postponed in the past, but not at the presidential level. New York City rescheduled mayoral primaries scheduled for Sept. 11, 2001. And New Orleans pushed back municipal elections after Hurricane Katrina.


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