HARRISBURG -- State officials say electrical service has been restored to nearly all of the polling places that were without power last week due to Hurricane Sandy.
As of this afternoon, eight polling locations in Bucks, Montgomery, Monroe and Northampton counties still did not have power, according to Department of State spokesman Ron Ruman.By early evening, that number had been reduced to five, all of which have generators ready to go, according to a statement issued by Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele.
Another Bucks County polling site has electricity, but officials decided to send voters to an alternative site because of a damaged pole and fiber optic wires down nearby, according to Ms. Aichele's statement.
Officials had estimated last week that between 250 and 500 precincts lacked electricity. Gov. Tom Corbett called on utility companies to prioritize restoring service to poll sites once other restorations needed for public safety were completed.
"Friday night we still had 212 sites without power," Mr. Ruman said. "They did a great job of getting that done."
Any emergency workers who had to leave their county to aid in the storm recovery had until today at 5 p.m. to apply for an absentee ballot.
Under the executive order signed by the governor last week, those ballots will be counted as long as they are received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 13, which also is the deadline for military or overseas voters.
Harrisburg Bureau Chief Laura Olson: email@example.com or 717-787-4254.