By Gregory B. Hladky
11:08 AM EDT, November 1, 2012
Hurricane Sandy has created some potentially serious problems with Election Day voting (especially in hard-hit Bridgeport). But here are a few developments that may make you feel a bit better in the wake of that bad-assed storm.
Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that limited commuter rail service between Stamford and NYC will resume today and Friday and that all rides into Grand Central Station these two days will be free.
New York is also canceling fares Thursday and Friday for people leaving Grand Central for Stamford.
On the election front, the ACLU and the NAACP are reminding voters here that, unlike some states that have instituted new requirements for voter identification at the polls, Connecticut doesn't make you show a photo ID in order to vote.
The worry is that some voters may have lost their photo IDs in the storm flooding and figure they wouldn't be allowed to vote without them. So the ACLU and the NAACP have sent letters to registrars in all 169 Connecticut cities and towns reminding poll workers that no photo identification is needed here.
(Incidentally, most of those new voter ID requirements in other states have been instituted despite numerous studies showing that voter fraud at the polls is extremely rare. Lots of these new laws appear to have been instigated by conservative Republicans, and critics say they are attempting to intimidate minority voters into not casting ballots.)
And if voters to run into trouble at the polls in Connecticut, there is a state hotline for reporting abuses. The toll-free number is 1-866-733-2463, and the line will be staffed throughout voting hours on Tuesday by officials from the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
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